What goes through your mind while you’re stuck in traffic? Are you thinking about all the emails that are stacking up while you’re sitting still on the highway? Or are you missing that class at the gym you look forward to every week? Are you thinking how much more you’d like your job if the commute didn’t get in the way?
Maybe it’s time to look at teleworking.
With the sixth annual Georgia Telework Week (March 2-6) approaching, many look for ways to get involved and make their own impact. We’ve got all the details of what’s happening during the week right here:
- Free webinars: Attend one of four free webinars to learn more about teleworking. Find the one that’s just right for you. (P.S. the password for all webinars is ‘telework’). Click here to get the listing.
- Make the Commitment: Every company that commits to teleworking or learning more about teleworking during Telework Week will have the chance to be featured on a Georgia Commute Options billboard in April.
- Photo Contest: Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@gacommute) and participate in our #MyTelework Photo Challenge. One lucky winner will have his or her photo featured on a billboard in Metro Atlanta and receive a $50 prize. Learn more about participating here.
- Win $25: Log your telework days for the chance to win in our monthly drawing. 1 in 10 win!
- Spotlight Stories: Check out our blog each day for teleworker stories and tips. Do you have one to share? Send it to us here.
Commit improving traffic congestion and air quality. Commit to Georgia Telework Week.
Charlotte Weber is an Environmental Project Manager and the Georgia Commute Options Telework Specialist. She is an avid teleworker herself, but when she's in the office there's always a basket of fresh produce by her desk to share. Have questions about teleworking or how to get a policy set up at your workplace? Email us at Telework@GaCommuteOptions.com.
Did you know research shows that a frustrating commute to work can have a significant effect on your health? Long distance commuters have decreased cardiorespiratory fitness and higher blood pressure. February marks American Heart Month, and there is no better time to establish heart healthy habits than now. According to the American Heart Association, lowering stress and increasing physical activity are two ways to a healthier heart. The good news is that choosing a commute alternative, such as carpooling or riding transit, can help with both! Becoming a clean commuter even once or twice a week, can reduce your stress and improve your outlook.
Registering with Georgia Commute Options can help you find a vanpool or carpool partner– you save money and can share the drive. Sharing the ride can help you get to work less stressed and home quicker in the HOV lane.
Physical activity is also an important part of overall good health. The average transit rider walks 95 minutes a week, giving them a head start on the goal of 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. Want another way to combine your commute and exercise? Many choose to bike part of the way to work, saving time at the gym and improving their cardiovascular health.
I’m lucky -- my employer offers the option to telework 1-2 days a week. Teleworking lowers my stress, as I do not have to fight the rush hour commute. It also allows me to find time in my day for a workout, whether during my lunch break or during what would be my long commute home. An added bonus to taking a commute alternative: you can log your commute with Georgia Commute Options and be entered into the monthly $25 prize drawing.
In honor of American Heart Month, make a commitment to a healthier you by trying a commute alternative.
Alexandra is an Outreach Manager for Georgia Commute Options and works with our commuters in Norcross and Johns Creek. If you need help finding an alternative to driving alone to your work site in those areas, she’s your girl! She’s also an Atlanta native who knows her way around town. Fun fact about Alexandra: She, her grandmother, and her dad all went to the same elementary school. Need to get in touch with her? Email her at AlexandraO@GaCommuteOptions.com.
You have a void in your life. An empty space that needs filling. A gaping chasm that mocks you daily of your crushing solitude.
You know the void I’m talking about. It’s your passenger seat.
Be honest: You’ve felt it, haven’t you? A sense that there’s more to this journey (…to work). You’ve grown tired of traveling life’s roads alone and long for something more. But what can you do to fill the gap in your car? How can you find the one person out there who makes up your perfect (ride)match?
Search no more, lonely drivers. Georgia Commute Options has a match for you.
Using our online ridematching tool, you can find other solo drivers like you. People that live or work near you and are searching for the perfect carpool partner to make their commute complete. People that share your passion for long walks on the beach…and for reducing traffic by getting cars off the road.
This Valentine’s Day, don’t keep traveling the long road to work alone. Find your ridematch at GaCommuteOptions.com, and take the first commute of the rest of your life.
(And for an even sweeter Valentine’s treat, see how you can earn cash and win prizes for making the switch from driving alone! Click here to learn more.)
Lesley Carter is a communications specialist and the voice of Georgia Commute Options social media. As a car-free Atlantan, she knows how to get creative when getting from A to B — and she’s eager to help other commuters discover their non-driving potential. Lesley’s previous credits include ad copywriting, editing, blogging and youth outreach.
February has arrived and love is in the air. While you’re busy planning Valentine’s Day dates, we’re coming up ideas for giving your commute a little affection. Here are five of our go-tos to help you love your commute.
- Music. Get your morning commute started with the top jams. Download or stream tracks like Uptown Funk or the latest catchy Meghan Trainor hit on Spotify or iTunes. With your hips moving in the morning, you’ll be feeling motivated to knock items off your to-do list all day.
- Learn. Spend your time more wisely by listening to a podcast to get those wheels turning. Invisibilia, Serial, Freakonomics, and Stuff You Missed in History Class currently top the podcast charts.
- Gram. There are a whole bunch of Instagram feeds that can keep you occupied for far longer than your commute. Need some ideas? Heart-string tuggers: @littleshortstories and @humansofny. Pups: @thedogist and @harlowandsage. Chuckles: @kidsaretheworst and @satiregram.
- Organize. Life is easier when you take the headache out of it. Mint can help you organize your money, Google Keep is what we all look for in list-making, and IFTTT turns the Internet into your personal assistant you never have to pay.
- Caffeinate. Love coffee and travel? Get both in this video learning how to prep your joe around the world. Then recreate them at the office!
Remember, watching videos and gramming while driving is dangerous and against the law. These commute dates are for ridesharers only—so carpool, vanpool or take transit to really feel the love!
Do you have any commute dates that help improve your commute? Share them with us in the comments.
Jenny Schultz is a Communications Specialist working on the Georgia Commute Options program. When she's not at work, she spends most of her time baking, dancing, and pretending to paint her house. Jenny has a pretty sweet telework space complete with Ikea furniture, a stability ball, and a fantastic view of her backyard.