It’s been close to a year since a ton of Cochranites had to make the transition from driving into the office to working from home. It’s no secret that many of us had to drive to the city which would mean up to several hours spent in the car every single weekday. Do you miss it?
There are several studies that have shown the negative and positive effects of a commute, let’s focus on the plus side. The ride to work, whether in a car, on the c-train, or maybe on a bike, acts as a way to jump-start or wrap up your workday. The commute can act as a buffer point to help keep work and home life separate.
If you are working from home, it's suggested that you should add an artificial commute to help start and end your day. Hop in your car and drive around your block a few times, listening to your favourite radio station (91.5 FM CochraneNow, obviously).
Now onto the negative side of things. Commuting can add a ton of stress to your day. Traffic, unpredictable weather (especially here in Cochrane), long, boring drives, and vehicle problems all top the list of why commuting is widely disliked.
For over 10 years, I did the drive back and forth from Cochrane to Calgary. Working in town at CochraneNow has really helped in the time department (under 10 minutes to get to work) and also my car is not breaking down every few months.