The Walk To Work

My normal form of transport to and from work is a Derbi Boulevard scooter (49cc’s of awesomeness!). Being fortunate enough to live close to my place of work, this is a neat and affordable means of getting from one side of town to another. I see anything more as overkill for the small amount of time I need to spend and distance I to cover traveling. Ever stopped to think about how much time you spend travelling to and from work?

Recently though, I’ve been walking regularly, the benefits of which I had forgotten until I picked up the habit again. I think it was when reading Getting Things Done first time around I began to consider how we use our time, productively or otherwise, and how the time you spend traveling can either be put to good use, or allowed to simply slip by.

Walking to work starts the day with clarity. Having a clear head arriving at work really does, in my case, enable me to hit the ground running; I have a better idea of what I intend to get done first, and where my focus needs to be.

Focus without this walking time-out is harder to come by. Driving, as most of us do, simply serves as a transport for us in the physical and mental states – complete with whatever other distractions we carry from home.

Picking up a few audio books for the walk to work improves the value of my walking time. Having recently downloaded an abridged version of the Seven Habits, I listened to Stephen Covey talking about each of the habits, all of which can be seen as meaningful relations to some of the middle and senior management development activities I have pursued during recent years. Only when taking time out – in this case a stroll to work – and digesting the concepts presented in a publication like this do the lessons perviously learned return to the fore. During the best walks to work, you can almost experience an epiphany of sorts. When this happens on your way to work, you might be pretty awesome for the rest of the day!

1 Response

  1. Stephen Forster January 31, 2012 / 12:03

    Awesome post, Chris. We all need to create some space to achieve that clarity you talked about. It can be difficult to do so well done for finding a way that works for you. Like New Year’s resoluttions, the challenge will be to embed the new behaviour as a permanent thing and not revert to old habits.

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