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May 22, 2019 08:46:58

The Commute Of a Digital Nomad

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Jack Lyons

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I love my morning commute. All I've gotta do, at a bare minimum, is walk upstairs and sit on the couch; a total of 20 seconds. Think how much time and money is saved and productivity (potentially) gained because of this.

Did you know that the average cost of commuting via the tube in London is around $174 a month. That's over $2000 a year just to sit on a train.

In the US the average commute time is just over 25 minutes. Here's a cool chart that shows the times for each state. Some states average nearly an hour! Heck, I have some friends who work in rural Australia who travel three, six, even ten or more hours to get to work 😱.

The beauty of working online is that there is absolutely zero friction when starting "work". Just open your laptop and off you go. I love this because there are times when I wake up really early or stay up late. If I had to commute into the office it would be considered weird to arrive so early or stay so late.

I do realise that more companies are acknowledging everybody's schedules are vastly different, and so things are improving. My previous workplace at Squiz was a prime example. But still, it's the physical presence of being "somewhere" that has it's limitations.

We live in the 21st century and the internet is everywhere. Meetings can be done via Goole Hangouts, colleagues can chat via Slack, lunch can be made at home. You also never have to worry about those pesky "birthday donuts" Susy from Accounting brought into the kitchen.

Sure, physical locations have their place. But they way we commute needs to change. Not everyone needs to arrive at 9 and leave by 5. Offices should wake up and allow more flexibility. Workers can arrive late, when the traffic is less, and work from home the first couple of hours, for example.

Whatever you want, the internet is here to make our lives better and we should break from these old-fashioned chains and utilise the internet to make our work-life balance more enjoyable.


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    @jasonleow Yeah I love the choice but do also enjoy going to meet colleagues from time to time. That's important, to be social and to connect with your work mates. But the beauty of nomadding is that I can come in late or early, depending on my schedule, and that flexibility is priceless. What about you?

    Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 22, 2019 09:12:37
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      @jacklyons yes yes it's all about that flexibility for me. And rightly as you said, not just about commute time but the flexibility of socialising when you want to. For an introvert like me who prefers to just work, that's perfect.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 23, 2019 10:57:18
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    @jacklyons So true. The way we commute needs to change. What I love with being a nomad is the CHOICE between a longer commute and a short 20s one, and at any time I want. Do you have that feeling of wanting to feel part of the working crowd after some time of working alone at home?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 22, 2019 23:06:30
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      @jacklyons @jasonleow I am fortunate to work remotely about half the time for my current client. When I am onsite, the commute is less than 5 minutes by car in the morning (or 25-30 minutes for a walk). The same distance is potentially 30 minutes in the afternoon. That's Silicon Valley for you. Here is my take on the dreaded long commute: https://theascent.pub/warning-do-you-know-how-much-time-your-daily-commute-is-really-costing-you-1b0ab632c0a3

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 22, 2019 09:55:22
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      @brandonwilson Awesome share, thanks. That's pretty crazy to see these stats. I've always prioritised living close to work in the past, even if it means paying a couple extra hundred a month, being able to walk or ride to work for me has been the ultimate freedom.

      Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 22, 2019 11:06:31
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