Thanks to Megan’s post about traffic, I knew exactly what I was going to write about this week. The commute to my office is roughly only a 20 minute drive. However, because I chose to work a normal 9-5 day, I am constantly stuck in traffic both ways.

Being the cautious person I am, if I know I am going to be a bit late, I will email my coworkers and let them know. However, that method can get pretty old and pretty unprofessional after awhile so I made the irritating decision to wake up even earlier then I had been before and leave. THIS ALSO DID NOT WORK! I was even more late because ever MORE people were on the road at 8:00 vs. 8:45. Frustrated I knew I had to find a different route ASAP.

For an entire week I drove different ways to work to find which one worked best and actually found a surprising outcome. The fastest route to work was for me to backtrack and hop on a local highway that many assume to be crowded all the time. Not only did I get to work in half the time as before, but I was able to wake up later in the morning as well!

It feels nice to be there on time now and maintaining as professional an appearance as I can. So lesson is, backtracking is sometimes the way to go!


About Ayan Jama

I am a University of Oregon graduate with a BA in Journalism with a focus in Magazine and Public Relations. I enjoy foreign movies, white chocolate, shoes, and friends & family.
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