In praise of the commute. 3 Why's and 3 Don'ts

For years now, many of us wake up and check e-mails right away, to the silent admiration or - rather - to the disappointed sigh of anyone who sees us. When we're out shopping, or with friends, or just relaxing at home, we keep a close eye on what's going on at work, too frequently jumping in with a quick answer.

Work lives and private lives are intertwined but the last years, with the pandemic, have seen unprecedented levels of confluence, to the point that stress levels are high up, deep work is way down and quality time with dear ones is down, too, for too many people.

Work is like gas; it will fill all available time. With technology, it inserts itself almost everywhere. 

The goal of this article is to invite you to use something we all know very well - the commute - as a way to gain better control of our time, to re-energize, to be more productive, and to enjoy life more.

The problem with the commute is that it has a bad reputation among many people, as an unpleasant and tiring must.

What if we could turn it into a source of energy? For those who commute, it can be a force for good, for the long-coveted balance. For those who don't commute, hopefully they'll want to, at least once in a while.

Here are three ways in which a commute is helpful and three things to stop doing in order to make it work for you and not against you...

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