Discovering People


    Issue # 35

    Action Stations!

    "According to research released by the Australian Institute in April 2005, Sydney commuters, on average, spend 4 hours and 43 minutes commuting each week."

    I know first hand the trials and tribulations of the daily commute to work, travelling over an hour each way 5 days a week, 4 weeks a month, 12 months a year, ok, ok ill stop! But I am sure you get the idea. Seriously though, more and more Sydney siders are choosing the daily commute to work due to the ever increasing cost of petrol, or lack of employment opportunities in their local area. For many people, the inconvenience of commuting is offset by the economic and lifestyle benefits gained by setting up a home outside the city.

    If you are travelling to work on a daily basis for a significant period of time, it does not have to be inherently stressful. Make the most of your free time deconstructing work problems, making mobile phone calls, and firing up for the day with your favourite CD are good ways to pass the time.

    Organisational psychologist Dr Jim Bright, of the University of NSW, attaches a little tape recorder onto the sun visor of his car and speaks into it. He is the author of more than seven career-related books, including "Should I stay or should I go: How to make that crucial job move decision" which he produced whilst driving to work from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Christian Dupressoir is an occupational hygienist who in 40 years of commuting on trains has finished 3 courses, including a Master’s Degree of Applied Science. Solicitor Maryanne Ofner has turned some of her hours on the train into billable ones by offering legal advice to travellers on her daily trip from Springwood to Milsons Point. She has an ad in the local paper and sets up appointments in advance.

    Commuting does have its drawbacks. People who travel long distances each day then have to, limit socialising with colleagues because they have so far to travel home, & have less time to spend with friends and family following a long day.

    Once again it is a matter of making a lifestyle choice! Bright says ‘for many workers the best part of the commuting is taking the time to de-stress from the "toxic boss and idiot colleagues [and] get it all out of your system".’ After a tough day at work sit back, put your feet up (not on the seats), and catch up on some much needed rest.

    "Write a book, give legal advice or study towards a university degree – make good use of your commuting time."


    Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend Edition July 9-10, 2005


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