Working 9 to 5 from home
Dolly Pardon so aptly sang in the movie 9 to 5,
“Tumble outta bed and I stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition
Yawn and stretch and try to come to life
Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumpin'
Out on the street, the traffic starts jumpin'
With folks like me on the job from 9 to 5”
For anyone who has had to commute, they know that it becomes a routine. You wake up, get ready for work, get on the road, and drive the same route every day to work. Instead of getting our coffee from the kitchen, many of us have our favorite coffee drive-thru that we frequent on the way to work to brace ourselves for the long drives and another day of the same.
I used to commute 2-3 hours a day in California and saw patterns emerge with fellow drivers. I remember a colleague came into my office and said, “I just realized that I commute 10 hours a week for 52 weeks a year, which is 520 hours or 21 days of my life a year that I am wasting in my car." That person quit three months later. I saw this pattern happen time and time again.
I commuted to Silicon Valley from San Francisco, Berkeley, or Oakland for 15 years to the same company in Mountain View. After a few years, I was able to find a way to work at home 1-2 days/week. After 12 years, I was working from home almost full time. I remember my brother telling me when I first started working at home that I should use some or all of the commute time I was saving to exercise. Great advice but I didn’t heed it.
I didn't realize at the time that the simple solution for getting fit while working from home is a treadmill desk. Treadmill desks allow you to stay in shape without leaving the house...and you can be working while you are doing it. We have had a treadmill desk for 8 years. If you are lucky enough to be able to work from home full or part-time, consider buying a treadmill desk as an investment in your health.
Check out our options for treadmills desks at www.homeofficewellness.com and prioritize your health in this new world we now live in.