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Why you might be missing your commute

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A new study examines the function of the commute as a psychological gateway between home and work.

The daily commute serves as a "role-clarifying prospection" - it gives you the time and space to think about the upcoming work role.

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Why you might be missing your commute

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The stress of commuting

The journey to work is often more stressful than the work itself. Surveys and studies have found that commuting is people’s least favorite activity. But now, with many of us at home and commutes on pause, we realize that it served a purpose.

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A new study examines the function of the commute as a psychological gateway between home and work.

The daily commute serves as a "role-clarifying prospection" - it gives you the time and space to think about the upcoming work role.

Commuting creates opportunities

Commuting allows employees to engage in some degree of prospection about work. Perhaps the commute also offers an opportunity to engage in deeper levels of creativity.

  • Globally, the average commuting time is 38 minutes each way. That adds up to a lot of time, which may offer a chance to read, listen to a podcast, audiobooks, or playing Scrabble.
  • It also allows time for boredom where the mind can wander, which can produce original thoughts and also problem-solving.
  • During the evening commute, one has time for reflection after the working day is done.

Replacing the commute

Many are starting to miss the sanctuary of their car on their long commutes to work, where they could eat in calm or catch up on calls and messages.

To adjust to the new working-from- home reality, small daily rituals may help, e.g., putting on work clothes to start your day and change when it is done. Setting your intentions for the day and ending on time is another to help you adjust.

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