I was having a conversation about commuting time earlier tonight, and I just decided to do the math.

Let’s assume an 8 hour work day.

For every 12 minutes you save on your commute in each direction (24 minutes per day), you get the equivalent of a day off each month.

Did you catch that?  12 mins off your commute equals 12 extra vacation days per year!

Admittedly, it’s not chunked together like vacation days would be, but there is a tangible value to the extra time before and/or after work.  Extra time to spend with your family, your friends… hell, yourself!  It’s a ton of free time.

Commuting sucks.  Don’t trade your life for a commute.

Math (for those that care):

8 hours = 8 * 60 minutes = 480 minutes

Assuming 20 work days in a month, one day off, in minutes per day, equals 480 divided by 20.

480 / 20 = 24

Which, when divided by two, equals 12 minutes per direction.