When I looked into purchasing property I knew I would have to make some sort of sacrifice when it came to distance. My past 2 apartments were within 5 miles to the city of Boston where I worked so the location was close to ideal. Although, as you can imagine home prices in these city areas are significantly higher so I was forced to look elsewhere.
My search brought me to a city in the Merrimack Valley that is not 5 but instead 30-40 miles away from Boston. This is a huge difference. My commute of 30-45 minutes doubled and I think most of us can agree that commuting is the worst part of the day.
- You drive and are caught in traffic for an ungodly amount of time, or
- You take public transit and simply sit and wait for your arrival
Both options can be a huge drag on your day, I get it, but what if I told you it didn’t have to be that way? What if I told you this could be the best part of your day?
Let me tell you about my commute.
My train leaves at 7:35 AM every morning. I arrive at my office at 9 AM every morning.
Do the math, that’s 85 minutes…EACH way.
That’s 170 minutes… EVERY day.
That’s 850 minutes…EVERY week.
That gives us a grand total of 14 hours of my life spent on a train and walking to work each week.
My commuter life often comes up in small talk and the average response is, “Well at least you can get extra sleep!” or something like, “That can be your time to relax!”
I laugh in agreement but deep down I know that’s the easy way out.
Deep down I know that this 14 hours can be utilized to get a lot more done other than sleep. So, my advice to you is to think about your commute and to think about how you can better utilize it.
Since starting my commute in September 2017:
- I have started a (semi) successful blog, something I’ve been meaning to get around to but “never had the time”
- I have read over 10 books
- I have grown my Social Media Accounts
- I have become REALLY good at Sudoku
- I have learned a TON through podcasts
- I have made my life more organized through calendar planning and time management
I have not once slept on the train. I have taken my commute and turned into something productive. Life is too short and when you add in all the crazy events including work and outside of work, we rarely have time for ourselves. You need to take all the time you can get and utilize it to your advantage.
Take a birds-eye view of your commute and break it down.
What are you doing now? What can you be doing different? What are some things that you want to make time for but don’t have the time for? Write this down and make a list.
Here, I’ll do it with you.
- Have a brainstorming session on business ideas.
- Listen to an informative podcast on a subject that interests you like Real Estate or Technology.
- Listen to that book that’s been sitting on your book shelf for a year using the Audible app.
- Call your mom or your dad or a friend you haven’t talked to in a while.
See that wasn’t so bad. The possibilities go on and on and they snowball once you get in a rhythm.
There you have it, folks, make great use of your time because it’s the one thing you’ll never get back.