What is the number one reason why you should consider working from home instead of working from where you work?
The number one reason, I find, is commute time. Simply put: your life would be much better if you skipped commute time altogether.
Before I show you some stats and scientific evidence, please allow me to share how skipping commute time changed my life. If you’d rather skip the personal story, feel free to do so!
For a few years, I had a lot of commute time myself traveling for one hour to work and one hour back. I loved work but I hated commute time.
Commute time is a huge productivity killer and drains your energy. Even if you use the time productively by listening to audiobooks or reading — it’s still a waste of your time. Think: opportunity costs.
When I became self-employed, my productivity skyrocketed. At the same time, everything became easier and less stressful. When I analyzed my days to find out about the reason for this, it struck me: No commute time.
I suddenly had a lot more time and more energy to create more content. Skipping commute time simply gave me more resources.
Working from home means that you don’t have these huge drains of energy every day — office politics drain your life energy.
Scientific Evidence Commute Time
Many scientific research studies show that having a long commute time reduces your happiness. It’s one of the top ten influence factors for your happiness — even more important than making a lot of money with your job.
Here are some stats and observations about the negative effects of commute time:
- Time: The average one-way commute in the US increased to a new high of 27.6 minutes — Census Bureau Estimates
- Life Satisfaction: People with the longest commutes have the lowest overall satisfaction with life. — World Leisure Journal
- Health Effects: The more time people spent in the car, the more likely they suffer from overweight and high blood pressure. — American Journal of Preventive Medicine
- Happiness: Cutting out a one-hour commute has been shown to produce the happiness equivalent of a $40,000 raise. — Professor Ken Schwartz
- Relationships: People with longer commutes were less likely to spend time with friends — Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives
- Social Life: Individuals with longer commutes have less access to social capital, as indicated by fewer socially-oriented trips — American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Do you want to live a more minimalistic, happier, and more focused life and skip commute time, too?
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