We Save 52 Minutes Each Day By Not Commuting To Work. Here’s How To Make Good Use Of This Extra Time

We Save 52 Minutes Each Day By Not Commuting To Work. Here’s How To Make Good Use Of This Extra Time

The era of flexible and remote work has given people extra time to spend. But how to ensure we use it pro-actively ?

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In the era of flexible and remote work, how to make the best use of the extra time gained by skipping our daily commuting? Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash

Are you one of the workers who have had to work these past months remotely due to COVID-19? If so, you might have noticed the amount of time you’ve saved on skipping your morning and evening commute. In the US alone, 44.5 million full workdays have been saved since the beginning of the pandemic by eliminating the daily routine of traveling to and from the office. But how have people used this extra time?

According to research, the average 52 minutes per day people saved by not commuting was often immediately absorbed by additional, less productive work. For instance, many of us have reported being stuck in more meetings during the pandemic than before it – meetings which, instead of leading to creative collaboration, were mostly dominated by “agenda-setting” discussions.

So what can we do, both at work and at home, to ensure that we use our time savings to pursue meaningful activities that make us truly happy? How can we save time and not waste it?

According to this Harvard Business Review article, there are six easy tips that you can follow to make good use of your saved time:

  • #1. Create your own commute
  • #2. Give yourself a “Feierabend”: Find a ritual that can mark the end of your workday and give you something to look forward to.
  • #3. Reduce your workload to a daily “must win”
  • #4. Put “proactive time” on your calendar
  • #5. Reclaim the social in social distancing
  • #6. Run time management experiments

Read more on the tips and access the full article here.

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