The long commute took a toll for obvious reasons, but even with the short convenient walking commute, I found it led to difficulties maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
An hour total commute (30 minutes each way) is generally enough to keep work life separated from personal life, while not being too much burden, in my opinion.
My bet is that it's at best 10 minutes. Which would mean it's at most 0.5 km if the 2 minutes is actually drive time. Which means by the time you got into a car you'd be there on foot.
Going that distance takes 10 minutes for a reasonably fit person.
Unless your car goes some 300 km/h...
The usual rule of thumb is that going by car is about 6x faster for urban conditions and 20x for long roads.
You don't say what "difficulties" you had but I suspect that a difficulty solved by making something arbitrarily take 30 minutes longer actually has some other root cause. Nobody complains that sending email is 30 minutes faster than walking to the post office.
You don't say how you're commuting, but a sizable community of people commuting by car has a real burden on society.
Now I bike most days, unless the weather is crummy or the state is on fire again.
The work life balance issue was definitely partially the fault of the culture of the company I was at at the time, but living so close made it much more difficult to avoid.
And yeah, that’s an issue of willpower in part, and is the same reason I am not able to work remote or from home. But I don’t think that’s an issue unique to me.
Perhaps the concept of "commuting" will start to blur as self-driving cars and telecommuting become a more realistic part of remaining productive while still connecting with your coworkers.
Maybe what is meant is if you live closer to work at the expense of living further away from everything else. That makes sense. But living close to everything was great (shame the job itself sucked or I would have stayed).
The result was a perception by myself and many others that we needed to stay later, and could because hey, home is right around the corner.
I’m sure some people could manage that better, but a lot of the company, myself included, could not.
I wonder how they deduced this. There isn’t a citation, and it seems pretty extraordinary to be able to figure out the mean travel time of people in the Neolithic era.
Also, it's not a constant so call it marchetti's number or marchetti's average.
- Perfmode’s aphorism