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Here’s a cheery thought: the typical Londoner spends a year and a half of their life commuting and pays up to £66,000 for the pleasure of it. New research from investment management firm Nutmeg calculates that, on average, Londoners spend almost an hour and a quarter travelling each day.
So how could you use that time productively? Well, obviously reading papers like this one will keep you entertained and informed (*ahem*), or you could work your way through some of literature’s great classics - an unabridged audio version of Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace comes in at 61 hours and eight minutes, so 50 days’ worth of commutes.
If you’re keen on self-improvement, learn a language, take up knitting (just mind where you stick your needles), or give in to social pressure and battle to complete the next level of Candy Crush Saga.
If we’re going to spend so very much time travelling, let’s at least try to make it count. Send us your ideas: @Move_To #productivecommute and we’ll feature the best ones in a future edition.
ENJOY OFFICE LIFE,
ONE HOUR AT A TIME
It’s inspirational to hear of people who’ve written a novel or set up a business from their kitchen table, but the reality for many of us is that working from home isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be.
Yes, of course, there’s the benefit of having saved time and money by not commuting. And in an office, how often do you email or call a colleague, instead of walking over and interacting face to face? There’s no reason why you can’t do that from home, is there?
Well, yes, sometimes there is. It’s all very well if you have a spare room that you can use as your office, but for many people there simply isn’t the space. That means day-to-day chores or family life often distracts you, making you miss the atmosphere of productivity you can get in an office.
Well, now there’s a solution. NearDesk works as a matchmaker between mobile/home workers and available desks nearby. It allows you to rent space by the hour for either a full day out of the house or covering those awkward couple of hours between meetings. You simply touch in and touch out with your NearDesk card - like an Oyster card - and receive a bill at the end of each month (the majority of spaces are £2.50-£10 an hour).
“We’re social animals,” says Tom Ball, CEO and founder of NearDesk. “We like to get out and be around other people.” If you’re not ready for the solitude of working from home, but want to avoid hours of commuting, it could be for you.