Consider this workforce statistic: The average U.S. commute time isn’t getting shorter – it’s getting longer.
Yep, you read that right. According to the U.S. Census, the average commute was 26.4 minutes in 2015 (their last survey) and it keeps getting longer. In some metro areas, it’s creeping up to the 40-minute danger zone. Keep in mind, I said “average.” That means there are plenty of folks stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, toiling away two or more hours each day on the road.
PS: This might explain why podcast listenership is increasing.
As I scan the graph at the left, all I can think is if we can put a man on the moon and we’re now within a few years of seeing driverless cars on the road, what’s up with these expanding commute times?
For pre-retirees, that daily commute is draining and you might be dreaming of the day when you can STOP.
But here’s the thing — Stopping is hazardous to your health.
Stopping (retiring with no clue about what you’ll do next) is the express lane to a destination we’re all trying to avoid – accelerated aging. Next thing you know, you’ve got a rocker at Shady Acres with your name engraved on it and you’re clocking rocks per hour on your FitBit.
There’s gotta be a better way to transition from exhausting commutes and endless workplace demands to sleeping in and having more time to indulge in the things you enjoy.
I’ll often hear this response from some pre-retirees: “I need to stop and take a break for awhile. Later, I’ll give some thought about what I’ll do next.”
Sounds reasonable at first glance, but then inertia starts to take hold. Suddenly, you’re roaming around the house in your bathrobe with all kinds of time on your hands, but no plan or sense of urgency.