Getting up early in the morning to get ready for work is never easy. In fact, that specific period is often classified as the toughest stretch during the entire workday.
And if you were given the opportunity to have more time for yourself (either to sleep more or have additional time to prepare mentally for the daily battle), would you reach out and grab it? Of course, you would. And the best way to steal the extra time is to move closer to your workplace.
Without a doubt, moving closer to work has several strong points:
The commuting costs to your workplace will surely be one of the major factors when making the final decision.
If you drive to your work with you own motor vehicle, you can calculate effortlessly how much money you spend each month on fuel when you know its average MPG rating. You shouldn’t forget to add various other long-terms costs, such as general depreciation, insurance, registration, taxes and the long list of required accessories for your car.
On the other hand, if you happen to have access to inexpensive public transportation, then you may be in luck. However, consider not only its convenience and monthly expenses, but the time you spend riding the public transportation vehicles until you reach your workplace.
Let’s say your commuting time is roughly 1 hour one way. This means that you lose 2 full hours (at least!) for every workday of your life. And what if the trip to your workplace lasts an hour and a half each way? What if it’s more?
If you care enough to calculate the time you spend on the road for one month, the number of lost hours could be staggering. And ideally, there won’t be any car breakdowns, no accidents, no excessive traffic and no bad weather.
Many people consider their time to be invaluable, so if you’re one of them, then you should definitely consider relocating closer to work so that you use the time gained for other much more important things.
Peace of mind
Ask yourself if the long trip to your work recharges you, calms down your nerves and gets you in the right mental state, or if it does nothing more than to stress you out additionally before even the actual work begins. Consider any positive and negatives aspect that a move closer to work will bring for your health, for rarely can crazy traffic, angry drivers and nasty weather prove beneficial for your well-being.
Weigh the pros and cons of being close to your workplace and choose wisely. Note that in the end, your preferred lifestyle will determine whether a move closer to work may or may not be the best option for you.