When you spend a fair amount of your time in a wheeled box, moving and stopping and moving and stopping until you reach the end of a journey so you can exit the wheeled box, you tend to fixate on what you can see out of the wheeled box on your journey. You do that so you don't have to think about why you are spending so much time in your wheeled box.
Consider that it takes me about 45 minutes, one way, to commute from home to work. That means I spend 1.5 hours/day commuting. A little math shows that, ignoring holidays and those days I work from home, I'll spend 5 x 1.5 = 7.5 hours/week commuting. Rounding that up to 8 hours, that means I'll spend about
If I were to adopt what one of my office-workers had done, and work from home on Friday, that's 52 days I can work from home, or about three days of total time (or 78 hours) not commuting. A mere pittance, really. And all the money for gas and wear and tear on your car. I've put close to 70,000 miles on my Prius, a car I got three years ago last April. The Prius's still quite nice, the finish is still quite good, and it's continuing to deliver a solid 50mpg, but still and all, that car should last at least a decade before even hitting 70,000 miles. Not three years.
I ain't no spring chicken by any stretch any more. But something's got to change.
Update 14 June
As a Gentle Reader noted below that my math was really off the mark. The problem is I used the five days twice, first to calculate the weekly time, then again when calculating the yearly time. Taking out the extra '5' brings the numbers down quite a bit and matches what the Gentle Reader calculated. But whether it's three weeks (as it now is) or three months (as I first calculated it) it's still a lot of wasted time.
Besides, I never said I was perfect. It's a free blog with free content, and it's worth every penny you've paid to read it.