Before I moved into my new apartment, I lived 30 miles away from work. This meant I had to wake up insanely early, deal with crazy rush hour traffic, and commute a total of 60 miles a day. The only reason I did not move out sooner was because I was getting free rent-courtesy of my parents. I was clearly living the life; I got free rent, food, and clean laundry. So what prompted me to move away?
Ever hear that saying “Time is Money”? Well I am a firm believer. The most important resource that any human has is time, regardless of however much money you have. When I was doing my daily 60 mile commute, I was losing a shit load of time. Driving through rush hour took me at least 40 minutes and that is not even including parking my car. Since I did that twice a day, I was losing 80 minutes daily. I worked five days a week, so that would be 400 minutes a week. A month has four weeks, so every month I would lose 1600 minutes, which is equivalent to 26.67 hours. Holy shit is a lot of time spent on the road.
When you are working, begin to realize how little free time you have. You start cherishing every free minute. Think of what you can do with all that time; you could learn a career enhancing skill, take online classes, learn how to play a banjo, grow and maintain a garden, read my blog, and more. So wasting 26.67 hours every month was unacceptable. I basically lost a weekend, every month. I could not deal with it any longer, so I moved out.
You might think I am crazy; leaving a place that was rent free. I understand that moving cost me money. I am putting a monetary value on my time, but the money is well spent. Some people purchase a Netflix subscription for entertainment. Well, I am simply purchasing time to do whatever I want.
Those of you out there, already paying for rent and living far as hell from work, there is no reason why you should not move closer. Even if you had to pay more, you could justify the shorter commute by the generated savings- such as gas and wear/tear on a car. And not to mention all the other things you can do with that free time.
Conclusion: If you have a long commute, shorten it by moving closer to work. The time you will save is invaluable.
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