To Leave or Stay? That is the question: Moving closer to the job.
Here’s a scenario I’ve heard for quite some time - I love my neighborhood, but my company moved and now my commute is HORRIBLE! Do I move closer or do I tough it out?
Of course, family, children, schools, life plans, job security, etc play a major role in the decision-making process. However, for your own mental health (read: sanity), here are some questions to ask yourself to help you decide:
- If you drive in heavy traffic, do you arrive at work in a bad mood?
- You already work long hours. Is there a feasible way to take back a few hours by lessening your commute?
- Is there an affordable and safe neighborhood or area around your workplace?
- Do you have the opportunity to work from home?
- Do you have an emotional attachment to your current residence?
- Do you use the extra commute time to contribute to your mental health, i.e. organize your mental to-do list, listen to your favorite type of music (as opposed to what your spouse, children, carpoolers want to hear), listen to a self-help cd?
- What is it that you love or enjoy – the vibrant city OR the park-settings of the suburbs?
- Will your boss expect you to be ‘available’ more if you’re closer to work?
- Do you pass any cool places between work and home, that you wouldn’t normally go to, if they weren’t so conveniently located on your commute?
- How do you like your eggs cooked – sunny side up or a long hard scamble? (Just thru that one in there to see if you were paying attention)
- Do you feel left out because you’re not among work friends outside of work?
- Is it time for a change anyway?
- Are you looking to shake things up in your life?
- Have you committed to anything that you’d really like to stay involved in?
- Have you committed to anything that you’d really like to get out of?
- What do you love to do? Can it be enjoyed anywhere you live?
For your mental health, ask yourself these questions even before you start to look for a new place. It’s not an exhaustive list but one devised to get you thinking about the undiscovered minute things that make your life go.
Happy house-hunting!…OR Stay put! (whichever is applicable)