Will a fake commute help you start the working day?
I hope you are well and are not too impacted by the new Covid rules? At the moment it might not seem like there is an end in sight to all of this, but hopefully, it won’t be too long now before we are able to start thinking about returning to something like normality. For most people, this can’t come soon enough.
Although this seems to be the case in the main, one of the things I have found surprising whilst talking with different people over the last few months is that for a few at least, there seems to be a longing for a return to the office and the commute that comes with it.
Speaking as someone who has worked from home for over seven years now, I find this very odd indeed, mainly because, although I most certainly miss the office chat, I definitely do not miss the commute, not one little bit.
This dilemma is quite close to home for us here at Net-Recruit as it has directly affected one of our colleagues, who is now seriously fed up with the lack of a change of scenery that working from home inevitably brings.
Judging by this recent article in Stylist magazine, they aren’t the only ones either.
Fake commuting, is it for you?
The idea of a structured start to the day, and the distinct difference between work and home, and that period of time during the commute where they mentally change their state of mind for the working day, is much more important to them than the idea of being able to take their time in the morning and not worry about getting dressed into something appropriate for the office or to have to be out of the house at a particular time.
To try to combat these feelings, our colleague has started to structure their day in the same way they would have done if 2020 had been a completely normal year. However, instead of journeying to the office they now leave the house for a walk with a brew in hand on their fake commute. According to them, this clears their head so that when they arrive back home after twenty minutes, they are ready for the working day and all it can throw at them.
Only time will tell if this has the effect they are looking for in the long term, but it appears to be helping get them set for the day so far, which can only be good news.
It would be great to hear any of your thoughts on the fake commute idea or any other ways you have found that help you cope with the marked change in circumstances in which the whole world finds itself, you can get in touch here.
In the meantime, please take care and stay safe.