I’m a big fan of living outside of the normal modern human time cycles. Rush to work at 8? Rush home at 5? No thanks.
If you’ve tried it, you know that traveling and trying to get things done (from grocery shopping to watching a movie at the cinema) simultaneously with everyone else results in long waits, crowding, and general frustration.
This is especially true of commutes, of course.
I realize that I’m lucky: my office’s flexible schedule means I can miss the worst of the morning commute. But I’ve adopted another habit which could help out most people looking for a bit of flexibility in more rigid environments: napping.
Rather than spend an hour or more sitting in the worst traffic of rush hour, I’ll often stay at the office later and take a nap around 5 or 6 PM. After an hour or two (sometimes more) I can wake up feeling really refreshed. From there, I can decide to go home in much lighter traffic, or even continue to work later into the night with renewed energy.
Even if you don’t work in a flexible or startup-ish environment, you might find this to be a worthwhile way to skip the worst of your commute. Assuming your office is a traditional one, most of your colleagues will be gone by 6. Just plop down your head on a bean bag pillow or laptop bag (anything soft, really) and you can make a nice desk-side nap space.
You’re probably already a bit sleep-deprived, so this is a much better way to spend your evening then those extra 30 minutes of drive time from rush hour. When you wake up, you’ll be able to go home to your family or friends in a better mood and mental state – and make the trip in less time.
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