According to bestplaces.net, only about five percent of Edmond residents work from home. That number may continue to grow (and a home office can be a great thing to build into your new home)—but for now, a lot of us face a daily commute. What's your commute from Edmond look like?
On average, the typical one-way commute for “Edmondites” takes 21 minutes. And if you think it feels like it’s longer than it used to be, you’re right. Commutes in the United States have been getting increasingly longer since 2010. The good news is that the average commute for workers from Edmond is still less than the average of 26 minutes that commuters across the country experience.
Ways You Can Make Your Commute Better
Traffic is one of those things in life we can’t really control. But we can adapt and make the experience better. Here are a few ideas that can help you get more out of your daily commute and turn it from something you get through to something that can make your life better.
- Podcasts Let You “Read” With Your Hands on the Wheel: Many people don’t have the time to read all they want—or they just don’t enjoy it. If you’ve got a 20-minute drive every morning, you might want to listen to a Podcast. It’s a good way to keep up to date on new developments (that might even help you at work), or just to pick up interesting information on a topic you’re passionate about.
- Expand Your Musical Horizons: It’s easy to fall into the habit of listening to the same music over and over. So how can you expose yourself to new sounds—without buying a new album that you may or may not like? Some radio stations offer a way to sample new music. On NPR, for instance, you can enjoy what they call First Listen that introduces new music. You can download it and listen to a couple of songs whenever you want. It’s free and if you don’t like it, you’re not out any money.
- Try a Slightly Different Route: There’s something invigorating about changing up your route (if you can). Even if it takes you an extra five minutes, the change in perspective can improve your
- Sit and Think: We're so used to being occupied with things all the time that we often don't get much downtime. Try turning off the radio and the music for a while. Instead of listening to other peoples' opinions, spend a little time thinking about what you already know—or what you want to change. You could even use the time to brainstorm ideas for a work problem or a situation at home.
- Consider Carpooling: The statistics show that only seven percent of Edmond commuters carpool with others. Riding with others can cut down on your costs and can actually enhance the commute. Of course, you have to have the right group with which to carpool, and your schedules have to coordinate.