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Ben Halpern
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What's your commute like?

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jesús gollonet • Edited

I work remote, but I do go to a coworking space which is between my 2 year old kindergarten and my 4 year old school.

My commute a 15 minute walk with them in the morning and most days same in the afternoon.

Our routine is to play whatever games we come up with. This morning we were playing catching giant letters from street signs. I would say a letter and the older one would have to find the biggest one in sight. The younger one just pointed to any letters he could see.

I love my commute.

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Alexis Rondón

That's the most stress free commute i have ever read, amazing!

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jesús gollonet

Hah not when we're late :P

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Rémi Mercier

Hahaha, I can relate!

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Alexis Rondón

About 2 seconds, from my bed to the desk.. Working fully remote right now.

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Ben Halpern

Same 😄

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Ben Halpern

The commute is definitely the big benefit of remote. Anything you miss about office life?

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Alexis Rondón • Edited

Tbh not that much, but sometimes I really miss the social morning with people and coffee in the office (had a short office job before this one)- even though I'm always in communication with my team via slack, face to face interaction can be missed a little.

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Vince

My standup is at 8:15 AM. I commute to Chicago everyday from Wisconsin. I wake up at 5:10 AM and make the 6:08 train to Chicago running the whole length of the line. I get to the office around 7:45. In all it's about 2 hours one way, or 4 hours a day.

However I love my job and my coworkers so I don't mind the commute. I usually listen to podcasts, code, browse Twitter of Dev to pass the time.

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Sung M. Kim • Edited

Wow. that's a long commute.

What would be the part of the job that drives you to handle such a long commute?
(_because I'd love to factor that in, when looking for a job 😀)

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Vince

I get to work with some cool stuff and do full stack development. The more important part, which is a lot harder to factor in when doing a job search, is the people. The culture at my company is really great and I like everyone I work with. I only knew the commute would be worth it since I had a friend working there before I joined, and from what he told me it was a great place.

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Sung M. Kim

Thank you, Vincent.😀
Much appreciated the reply 🤜

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Rémi Mercier

A 15-minute bike ride, door-to-door, along Paris' canals. 🚴‍♂️🌳

Way better than the 50-minute tube ride I used to do before. 😅

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Yechiel Kalmenson

45 minute subway ride.

Which sounds like a lot, until you compare it to my previous commute which was an hour drive.

The fact that it's on a subway also means I can spend the time reading instead of navigating rush-hour traffic, so it's more relaxing as well.

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Eljay-Adobe

36 highway miles to the office, one way.

To reduce the commute time by avoiding rush hour traffic, leave home around 5am. Leave work at 3pm.

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Ben Halpern

What's your day like after you leave at 3pm?

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Eljay-Adobe

50 minute drive home during the just-before-rush-hour ramping up.

Once I'm home, I'm on daddy duty, since my wife works later hours to avoid rush hour and she does the early morning parenting. Feed the dogs. Give the dogs and cats some loves. Take the kids to their events.

I also do my fun programming, which for me I like to learn a new programming language every year. And answer questions on SO. And on Wed and Thu is raid night for World of Warcraft.

I don't watch TV. I got out of the habit when my first kid was a toddler, and it is very difficult to watch TV once you're out of the habit. Too passive. Unless the show or movie is really engaging, after 15 minutes I'm antsy and have to do something. As a for instance, I've just started 2nd season of Game of Thrones.

What I don't do is bring my work home with me.

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Christian Deinert

Most days I have a ~15 minutes walk to the train-station, then a train ride that takes 20 minutes and another ~15 minutes walk to the office. On the train ride I normally relax and read.

And I say most days, bacause if I'm feeling too lazy I take the car to the station - which takes 7 minutes.

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Nathan Tamez

To Lectures from term time address it’s quick 10-15 min walk.
To the office from home it a 30 min drive due to traffic.
I know not the worst commute but there it is.

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Ben Halpern

Not bad, but still takes some time.

Do you have a driving routine in terms of particular radio/podcasts/music?

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Nathan Tamez

I don’t drive yet haven’t got around to do my driving test, normally my mom drops me off or I get a Uber. But I listen music or a podcast, nothing in particular though.

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Ben Halpern

I'm 30 and still haven't got around to my driving test 😄

I just got my learner's permit this year, so I'm on my way. No shame in putting it off, but I would recommend it earlier than what I did.

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Nathan Tamez

My reason is I go to university in a city were is 1. Unnecessary to have a car, 2. Nowhere cheap to park a car.
I might look in to getting a motorbike though.

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Ben Halpern

Yeah, very similar situation to me. I always lived in walkable/bus cities and also just couldn't ever afford or justify the expense.

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Alexis Rondón • Edited

Have you guys tried moving in bikes? For me it's a lot of fun to do it, here in Buenos Aires is the same issue you guys mentioned, owning a car seems to be more stressful than anything else lol

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Larizza Tueros • Edited

To the work from home, it takes me 30-40 min average for 4.5miles (7.3km) thanks to traffic because on Sundays that's 14min average.

Sometimes I listen to an English podcast with my SO and we practice pronunciation and grammar making up silly phrases.

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Andy Piper

Usually about an hour door-to-door (London) - 10 min walk to train, 30 min train journey to central London, 10-15 min on 3 stops on the Tube, and then a quick hop to the office. It doesn't feel too taxing. In previous roles I've had a 45 minute drive from home to office, or a long bus journey... in my current role I've gotten rid of my car completely and just use the London transport network. I can listen to podcasts (usually Mac OS Ken every morning, maybe The Changelog, or Games at Work dot Biz) and music, catch up on my other news feeds.

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michelemauro

+1 for the Changelog :-D

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leanminmachine

40 min commute (30 min subway ride + 10 min walk). Kind of regret renting in a location away from my workplace, could've been staying in a location with a walking time of 10 min from my workplace (but really small apartment and no washer and dryer -- i am picky!)

But i still like socializing from time to time, and also it's easier to communicate, so don't think ill want to work full remote.

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Evaldas Buinauskas

Depending on weather and season, I may take different options.

During warm season, it's 15-20 minutes door to door with an electric scooter.

I also may take a walk any time in the year if weather's good, which is 30 to 40 minutes.

If it's really bad, I'll take public transport. Usually around half an hour as well. 🙂

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Sam Leibowitz

I am absurdly grateful for my current commute. My office is about 4 km from my house - short enough that it's almost never a hassle, but ensures that I almost never have to work from home unless things really go south.

(In general, I vastly prefer leaving the house and going to work over working from home.)

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Adrián Norte

I take a bus that takes 20 minutes more or less to get to my stop and then I walk 10 minutes to work, all of it while listening to podcasts, observing people with their dogs and looking at how weird pigeons can be.

The bus has a stop at like 100 meters from the office but I walk 10 minutes because we spend way too many hours sitting down.

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Robin Kretzschmar

I worked in a different city 250km away and had a second appartement there for workdays. I drove there on monday mornings, stayed until thursday and drove back the 250km to my hometown.

This was a great lifestyle and I really like to travel. But at some point in time my girlfriend and I decided to move in together and I wanted to spend more time with her than just on the weekend.
So I switched to work from home 3 days a week (commute from bedroom to homeoffice) and was in a office for 2 days a week (two offices 250km and 350km from home).
After almost one year I got used to homeoffice, organized myself better and built the required discipline.

So today my commute is from the bedroom to the homeoffice (room) and 1-2 days a week to an office of my choice :)