You might know it like the joy of visiting the dentist or meeting with ‚lovely‘ mother-in-law. Commutation between work and home. But unfortunately you have to commute every day. By keeping the ‚green aspect‘ in mind it might be easier to go every morning to the trainstation but all the other alternatives seem so sweet and tasty…
My morning routine: Getting up at 6.00am, inhalate some strong coffee, wrap some clothes around me, looking desperatly every morning for the keys and tap out of the house, hoping it won’t be a rainy day because my umbrella is still at home beside the door.
A good thing in commuting is that you’ll see every morning tired business people trying to keep the eyes open. Some don’t even try this but using a sleeping-pillow in the train. Clever, huh? If I am not that tired in the moring, I try to read. Newspapers or novels or (my favorite at the moment) specialists books. So I do not feel that dumb without learning something because I came just from university and my brain wants to learn more. In the office I learn a lot but this is another way of learning. I think you’ll understand the difference.
But back to topic:
Using a train.
There are some activities for the train:
- You can have a nap or even sleep an hour or two. Depending on your traveling-time.
- You can finish your make-up.
- You can read the newspapers or magazines or books. (I wrote something about my reason to have a kindle here)
- You can take your breakfast.
- You can listen to music or to an audio book.
- You can start to work if you have a notebook or a tablet.
- What are your ideas?
There are also other reasons than commutation for using a train. You can use it for the holidays with family and friends if you do not want to use the car.
But can you think about holidays while fighting against falling asleep again? Maybe you’ll dream of holidays and free days in the soft linen of your bed… Oh well, yes. But this is out of topic again.
What are you using the train for? Traveling once or twice a year or commuting every morning?
Take the train to travel to the holiday-destination is not that unnerving even if the train is late. With the thought in mind, that you have to stay at work longer because you are too late, every minute (especially if you miss the connecting train) increases your discomfort. Dumb sentences like „You can take a train earlier if you know it might come later“ you will hate within 2 weeks if ‚your‘ train is to late often. If you have to take connecting trains your commuting time will grow to the double size. Maybe. Maybe more. In my case my normal way is round about 70-80 minutes. If I miss the second train, I need 95-105 minutes from home to work and then I wish I could have a home office. Maybe only one day a week, this will save me 3 hours a day and I know a lot of activities I can do in this 3 hours.
Photo by Ben Tompson from Flickr.
This post was inspired by ‚Freude am Bahnfahren‘ from Teilzeitreisender.