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The Psychological Benefits of Commuting to Work

theatlantic.com

Dangers of Role spillover

  • Commute initiates a sequence in which the feelings and attitudes of home life are deactivated, replaced by thoughts of work. This takes time, and if it doesn’t happen, one role can contaminate the other—what researchers call “Role Spillover.
  • Most people eng...

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A Commuter’s Double Life

You get a very strong feeling of two lives with the train as a bridge.” - Gail Sheehy (1968)

  • A commuter lives two lives: The distance between those two lives is explored in a body of research loosely known as Boundary Theory”.
  • All of us have...

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Commuter’s Lament

Overslept, so tired.

If late, get fired.

Why bother? Why the pain?

Just go home, do it again.

--Th...

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No commute hurts

  • During/After the pandemic, many people who have lost their daily commute experience have felt a void.
  • Without commute, there are no beginnings or endings. Life is continuously happening.
  • No commute may be hurting, not h...

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Some like longer commute

  • Throughout history, humans have shown a willingness to spend roughly 60 minutes a day in transit.
  • Known as Marchetti’s Constant, 60 minutes are usually understood to describe what people will endure as commute.
  • The reason why people might like longer...

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Cure Role spillover without commute

In order to make up for role spillover due to lack of commute, you can:

  • Match your surroundings with the task at hand
  • Create a soothing ritual to transition between life and work.

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