The Daily Commute

“You’re in early today” one of my colleagues commented to me this morning. “Not that early”, I told him, telling him that in the last eighteen months or so (during COVID), I’ve gotten into a fairly good routine of waking early, doing a few hours of work, and then taking a break for a morning walk, breakfast, and some of life’s pleasures.

But since I’ve been going back to the office, I’ve quickly fallen back into “bad habits”. I haven’t had a proper breakfast since I started. Breakfast has quickly fallen back into a “routine coffee”. Lunch has fallen back into the routine of grabbing something from a nearby takeaway. And “getting dressed and travelling to and from work” has taken up “too much time”, I told him.

In the last eighteen months, I’ve also been actually reading papers and websites (a fairly important part of my job), as opposed to only skimming them which I’ve started doing again.

In the time since COVID became a way of life for us, I feel I’ve gotten into a much better work/life balance. The 90 minutes or so each day that involved getting dressed/commuting etc, has been put into some more valuable things, such as having a lovely breakfast, making my own pot of coffee, and enjoying a lovely lunch. 

I have most definitely not been “under the doona”, as some of our politicians have expressed. In fact, I’ve probably worked harder, and more productively without the time that’s been “wasted” getting to and from work, including putting on an ironed shirt.

On the way to work this morning, I checked in on the nearby supermarket development. It will still be a couple of years before it’s complete.

There’s a big hole in the ground where there used to be a shopping centre.
Development at the Surry Hills Shopping Village

And on the way home, I read the very confusing changes to the bus timetable for the Eastern Suburbs.

Looks like the 372, 393 and 395 are all gone, though there is a 374 replacement. Otherwise, it’s get on the light rail, it seems.

By the look of things, many of my current options to travel along Cleveland Street have been eliminated. Instead, I’m being “encouraged” to use the Light Rail. That’s all fine and good, but it does mean an increase in my commute time that will be “uncovered”.

Reading this post, it feels a little negative which I like to avoid on this blog. But it’s how I feel today. A little deflated, to be honest. 

5 thoughts on “The Daily Commute

  1. Interesting. I developed such good habits during Victoria’s long 2020 lockdown. I just could not be bothered doing this during this year’s long lock down. Now my exercise levels vary so much day to day but are mostly good as I get out and about and get incidental exercise.

    It really is up to you fix what you see is wrong. I hardly ever read a full online news story unless it is very short. I still read some news analysis, but nothing like I used to. Should I be concerned at my lack of attention to detail? Maybe.

    At the least the bus changes aren’t quite as bad as what was originally proposed but maybe not helpful to you.

  2. Hello James, ooh, that’s a bloody great hole in the ground in Surry Hills. Nothing like I imagined. You must have downplayed it in previous posts. Hope your mood has lifted.

  3. Thanks Rod and Andrew. I’m feeling much better now. I think I was tired, but also grumpy with myself that I’ve resorted to the “old ways” far too quickly. Yep, tomorrow is a new day, and hopefully I can get back to a more balanced life.

  4. I think all these endless grey rainy days makes one feel depressed despite what else may be happening in lifel. Thanks for being so honest with your feelings.

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