Over the years, my commute time has steadily grown.
When I first came to the city, I could make it between my apartment and office 20 minutes, door-to-door.
Then our company moved across the river and my commute increased to 30 minutes.
Then I bought my condo in a slightly less central suburb further from transit and it catapulted to 45 minutes.
That is, of course, assuming it isn’t raining or snowing, which confuses our subway system. On those days my commute can be as long as an hour and a half. These instances haven’t really become more common over time, but they have certainly been a more grating. I’ve not infrequently the past few months left my office right at 5 to catch a 6:15 exercise class near my house (<5 minutes) only to be fifteen minutes to late.
One of the things I’m prioritizing for my next job is to work somewhere closer to where I live. 30 minutes on normal days by subway on my side of the river so I have an easy (< 3 mile / 1 hour) walk when the subway is rolling over playing possum.
Before you suggest it: yes, I listen to podcasts and audiobooks and music, etc. Sometimes, though, I just want to get home on time.
How long is your commute? What’s the longest commute you are willing to endure?