No more long exhausting automobile commutes! Yesterday I purchased an electronic bicycle that I am using to travel to and from work. My automobile commute involved heading far north and south of my final destination, while the bike path runs directly as the crow flies from my home to my office. As an organizational development consultant, I view this effective and efficient method of getting to work as a personal and professional process improvement. I am avoiding all the “non-value add” time spent in my car!
Anyone who has a long commute can attest to how much it impacts ones life. After starting my day by spending almost an hour in my car crawling along the highway, I am less than enthusiastic knowing that I will be ending my work day spending even more time inching my way back home. I am clearly not alone in this sentiment. Tens and thousands of others are experiencing similar commutes which have become even longer in the Twin Cities given the recent launch of tunnel and exit construction. In fact, the Star Tribune noted my e bike solution as a creative way to avoid traffic jams [http://strib.mn/2udEHyj]
An electronic bike! You may be asking: Why don’t you just jump on your regular bike and pedal the 20 miles each way?
The simple answer is that I am not an exercise junky who wants to bike that far day after day. I have been known to bike 40 miles on a nice summer weekend day. Granted, most of these trips are part of bike brewery tours with neighbors where biking is not the main attraction!
You get the idea.
- I am not one of these spandex clad bikers who you only get a glimpse of as they whip past you on the trails.
- I am also not keen on having to rent locker space at my office gym in order to shower each morning.
- However, the other option of sweating like a pig while manually biking to work and then heading directly to meetings would not be appreciated by my co-workers!
The pedal assist electronic bikes like I purchased have an electronic motor to assist the rider. Th e motor kicks in while I am pedaling. As a result, I am still getting plenty of exercise. The key benefit here is that my commute goes from a daunting trek to being very doable. I still get exercise, am refreshed by the outdoors and, on top of all that, cut my commuter time by a third!
Why write about e-bikes in an Organizational Development blog? The answer is simple. Personal productivity solutions can have a significant positive impact on our entire lives. As an organizational development consultant I spend most of my professional life building high performance workplaces for more productivity, fulfillment and connection. Helping leaders and employees get more work done and be happier in the process makes a big difference and is gratifying.
However, I am only impacting folks lives 9 to 5. If these workers are burned out from arduous commutes each day, the impact of organizational interventions is dampened. In addition, as a productivity practitioner my effectiveness is also impacted as I join my peers on this long commuting march.
We are clearly impacted by our total environment on and off work. I am more effective, efficient, and healthier as a result of my e-bike. That is a win – personally and professionally.
Note: The content of this blog does not reflect the views of my employer.