So it turns out that my latest company, which is a bike ride (3 miles) from my house, is being sold. That almost certainly means no more 5 minute commute for me! Given that any commute is going to be longer, I’m left wondering what would be good and what would be bad.
I used to do 90 minutes each way. Drive to train, train to city, walk from train station to office. Repeat backwards at night. That was awful…but at the same time, different. I listened to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks, for example. And I got to sit on the train with laptop and do real work sometimes. With a 5 minute commute I don’t even get to listen to my shows anymore.
So a longer commute wouldn’t be so bad, as long as you can make appropriate use of the time. How will it affect my ability to help my wife get the kids to school in the morning? Will I be home for dinner? Those are the important questions. Whether I’m in the car for 5 minutes or 15 minutes isn’t really the most important question in the world. Some people like to fill up that time with music, some with talk radio. I like my audiobooks.
We shall see what I end up with. Best hope is not to have to go into Boston again, and maybe keep the commute under 20-30 minutes or so. That wouldn’t really be a bike ride anymore, but it’d still be short enough (while providing a wide enough area of cities where my new owner could put us). Fingers crossed!