this is about 1/3 the reason i moved to ecuador..i dont have a car here and take buses and cabs...i use the time to meditate...im a musician and when i lived in DC i averaged more than an hour ONE WAY to my bar gigs...but, the drive home at 3 or 4 in the morning was sweet...usually just me and the drunk drivers-- which is another story....so glad i dont have a car anymore or the expenses of a car..change your health-- MOVE
Being there doesn't mean you are awesome. Being there means you are visible.
Companies spend huge amounts on advertising to 'go green' so you'd think you'd see more telecommuting, right? Wrong! Employers push 'go green' but that's just for PR appearence and the carbon tax agenda; you see more 'Telecommuting' would save huge amounts of carbon output but that's not important, Greed and Control are.
This world is temporary; if you can seize control hurray for you and if you can't, enjoy all you can and don't sweat it.
This is why more employers should offer telecommuting to their workers
I work in IT, and no matter how much we try, our administrators are opposed to Telecommuting.
Unfortunately, "shortening your commute" often consists purely of:
A. Find a new job
Neither of which is a simple matter.
I find that puzzling even though I have experienced the same as has my partner. We've worked in IT long enough that we started working online from home. It reached a point where career choices would mean a move even if we wanted the next position up the ladder. You'd think that IT jobs would provide the MOST flexibility.
I'm one of the 1 in 6 that spends 45 minutes in traffic a day, each way. I can't work from home because I'm too awesome to not be around. =B
Given the right infrastructure, facility, weather, etc. I'd try to ride bike instead of driving, and i encourage all readers to do the same.
Completely 100% agree if it's within the commuter's ability. Great for your health, great for the planet, great for the traffic conditions for those that do have to drive.