How do people do this?

For the first time in a decade, I’m a commuter.

I knew I’d struggle with the change, since according to the TomTom Traffic Index, Atlanta has the 12th worst traffic in the country, and I live quite a distance from my new gig. (Luckily, at least that will change in 6 months when my lease runs out. Be ready for posts about moving in July or August!)

By the way, this isn’t a dig at the new gig. I’m really loving the new job and the challenges that come with it. I’m working with a great group of folks, and we have a lot of cool stuff ahead.

What I wasn’t ready for is the enormous time suck that is commuting. I’m averaging about 2 hours a day sitting in traffic for a 50 mile round trip commute, which has me gone from home for about 14 hours per day. It also has me sitting on either a fast motorcycle or in a fast car at an average 30 mph.

I’m just figuring out my gym schedule, and whether or not I can continue to be the cook at our house. I’m figuring out how much food to bring to the office. I’m figuring out walking the dog and the various pickups and drop-offs for my daughter. I’m figuring out when I can write blog posts.

I never thought that the simple act of actually going to a workplace was going to be such an adjustment. I knew there were going to be changes, but I don’t think I was prepared for the depth of change.

So how do you do it, Gentle Reader? What life changes have you made in order to be able to commute to your office and still keep some semblance of a life during the week?

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