October 16, 2016 – The Case For The Power Commute Is Stronger Than You’d Think
What kind of commuter are you? The Napper? The Newspaper Reader? The Angry Birds Player? So many of us are trying to figure out how to make our commutes shorter, thinking that’s what will make it less miserable.
But don’t sign a new lease on a slightly closer apartment just yet.
Preliminary research shows that if you use your commute as an opportunity to relax, think purposefully and prepare for the workday ahead, you’ll emerge from the subway less stressed than if you listened to music or read a book, according to the Association for Psychological Science.
Doctoral student Jon Jachimowicz of Columbia Business School and Julia Lee of Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan “challenge the widespread assumption that lengthy commutes are bad for job-related outcomes for all employees” in a new working paper.