My daily journey to and from work is a few minutes shy of four hours. Most days I do not give it much thought at all – just get on with it. On the odd day when I am utterly exhausted I can throw a bit of a pity party. Surprisingly nobody turns up!
I have made this journey for 8.5 years, well 6.5 years if you discount my maternity leave x2. In the mornings I am bouncy and full of life as my 20 minute stroll to the station wakes me up. Come the evening I am grateful for a seat on the train, any seat (except those situated directly outside the public toilet for reasons I do not need to explain).
Ever since I left secondary school (high school), I have always travelled at least an hour to college, university and places of work. I guess I like the idea of having a clear divide between work and home.
I usually accuse my husband of being over optimistic but here I am with my tablet and mobile phone intending to do something worthwhile and my eyes close from tiredness every so often. On opening my eyes I have a quick look around on the train and wonder if anyone saw me – my eyes fluttering and my head falling forward!
Having established my productive mode is in the morning and very late evening, I set tasks for myself at these times. For example this blog is being typed early hours of the morning and I honestly feel I am on a roll.
For those of you who have long commutes, I suggest you make it work for you until your situation changes. Aim to use your time constructively whether to work on a project, read a book leisurely or for studying or simply to reflect. I guarantee this will ensure your commute is more bearable.
We cannot always change our situation but we can change our mindset and approach towards it.
How long is your commute?
What do you do with your time assuming you travel by bus/train/coach?