Intern Blog

Commuting Tips

Jun 15, 2018

When I began the interview process with Cohen & Company I knew I was in trouble. The firm’s culture, size, and clientele were exactly where I wanted…only 75 miles from my home. As you can tell, I ultimately chose to go forward with Cohen & Company. The opportunity was just too good to pass up, even if it meant I would have the commute of all commutes.
On the best of mornings, my commute to the Baltimore office is around 1 hour and 45 minutes. On the worst of afternoons, my commute home is around 2 hours and 15 minutes. It’s long. It’s tiring. And it’s worth it every time. After a couple of weeks of this process, I like to believe I have the commute mastered, and I’m here to give you a few tips to make yours, however long it may be, less stressful.

Tip 1: Give yourself time.
The most essential part of a commute is understanding that nothing is in your control. There will be traffic, accidents, car troubles, and anything else you could possibly imagine. With that said, it’s crucial to give yourself extra time on your commutes. My rule of thumb is to leave 20 minutes earlier than needed (adjust as needed to your commute length). This allows me to never stress out over that mile long car jam because I know that I am still going to be on time. One month into this commute and this rule has never done me wrong.

Tip 2: Make use of the time.
It’s really easy to choose to view the commute as a problem, a block of time that is wasted on nothing, and complain every second on your way to work. Please don’t do this. Instead, view the commute as a time to get things done. I personally have completed one audiobook, a number of albums, and countless podcasts in just these past few weeks. I view my commute as a time to catch up on the latest political news, learn about new interesting topics, finish that book I’ve been meaning to read, and reflect on my day rather than view it as a chore. There are endless options to choose how you spend this time, you just have to find what works best for you.

Tip 3: Commuter shoes.
Dress shoes are not historically known for being comfortable. They may look nice, but are going to kill your feet during your commute. This is why I always wear the comfiest shoes I own on the way to work, and simply change into my dress shoes once I get there. Sure, this requires some more effort in the morning, but trust me, you do not want to start your day off with sore feet.
Commuting may not be the most enjoyable thing in the world, but there are things you can do to make it easier. Follow these steps, and you’ll be starting off your days at Cohen & Company in much better moods.