Many of us acknowledge that the journey to work is a real drag, that arduous commute, changing from 1st gear to 2nd, or jammed into a stuffy bus or tube train (that’s probably where you are reading this now). This is no way to make you feel uplifted and positive about the day to come – far from it!
According to research by the University of West of England (analysing 26,000 people over 5 years), not only has the commute time increased by 25%, but 1 in 7 spend more than 2 hours commuting every day – that is 10 hours a week!
The impact – an increase in stress and worsening of mental health for workers (not to mention the impact that then has on your family). There are of course only 24 hours in each day – so choosing how to spend them is a very important task indeed. Spending over a day a week with your nose in someone’s armpit is unlikely to be high on your to do list!
It’s not just the waste of time. A worrying outcome is that an additional commute of 20 minutes a day, has the same negative effect on your happiness as taking a 19% pay cut – imagine that!
The big issue here of course, is that you probably have never thought of time and money in the same space. Your world has is probably a headlong race towards more – more money, more wealth, more growth, yet, when your time is up, the thing which you probably crave more will be time and happiness.
It is essential to find out what is really important to you, your life , and also those around you. Once you have figured that out, the fine balance of time and money comes along. Can you imagine how it would feel if you were told tomorrow that all the time you have been working long horrid hours, you actually had enough money to do the things you really wanted to, you don’t need to commute any longer, and you can grab your life back with both hands?
How would that feel?
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