We have ‘saved nine days’ by not commuting in 2020


Your new commute is simply reaching for your laptop (Credits: Getty Images)

If you have been working from home during the pandemic, you have probably saved yourself an enormous amount of time by ditching the daily commute.

A new study from online print manufacturer, instantprint, found that more than a quarter of UK adults (27%) have saved up to an hour a day since they’ve not been commuting due to Covid-19.

And, whether you love working from home, or miss the office, most of us can at least agree that having the extra time in your day is a positive thing.

If working from home continues into early 2021, based on the average daily commute in the UK being 59 minutes a day (both ways combined), UK employees will have saved an average nine days and two hours over the space of a year by not commuting.

Reading (26%), binging on Netflix (26%) and listening to music (22%) are what the nation has been doing with the time saved on commuting in 2020, according to the research.

Catching up on sleep (21%), household chores (21%), and cooking (20%) are also the high on the list of favoured hobbies and pastimes that have been enjoyed with the time gained from not commuting.

It seems that across the nation we’re truly trying to make the most of our newfound spare time, as just 3% of UK adults felt they have wasted the time they got back since they stopped commuting.

However, half (51%) of employees who are now working at home were found to be putting in additional hours since giving up their commute – around an hour more per day on average.

35% said they were working about the same number of hours, while 15% admitted they are working fewer hours than before.

Whilst running didn’t quite make the top 10, 16% of UK adults have spent their extra time getting outdoors and racking up those miles.

With the average time taken to run a marathon standing at four hours 21 minutes, you could squeeze in a total of 50.1 marathons in place of the time spent commuting.

‘Working from home, whether you love it or hate it, does come with its advantages, and gaining 9 days, 2 hours of extra free time over the course of the year would certainly fall into the positive pile,’ says Jon Constantine-Smith, head of instantprint.

‘It’s fascinating to see how we’re making the use of those spare hours, and whilst we all have to put in the extra hours at work every now and again, it’s important not to spend every spare hour you have doing additional work.

‘Practicing self-care during this unusual time is essential, and whether that’s through treating yourself to an extra nap, getting stuck in to your favourite book, or even watching the whole of Normal People 38.35 times to ensure you’ve got in your fair share of Connell’s chain, taking the time to let yourself enjoy the things you love is crucial.’

For those who prefer to showcase their skills in the kitchen, 143.5 loaves of the lockdown staple, banana bread, could have been baked in the time saved by not commuting over the course of the year.

Other tasks that could, in theory, have been completed included: medium boiling 2,180 eggs, singing 78,489 verses of Happy Birthday, knitting 10.9 jumpers, playing 145.3 full games of Monopoly, flying the whole way around the world on a commercial flight 4.27 times, and reading the Hobbit almost 34 times.

So, how have you been spending those additional free hours?

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Get in touch: metrolifestyleteam@metro.co.uk.


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