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Getting ready for work or school 
2nd-Mar-2011 09:55 pm
Ghost Trick, Sissel
Poll #1712877 Getting ready for work or school

1. Barring any emergencies or weirdness, how long on average does it take you to get ready for work or school, from rising out of bed to heading out the door?

Fewer than 15 minutes
5(6.0%)
15 to 29 minutes
24(28.6%)
30 to 44 minutes
19(22.6%)
45 to 59 minutes
16(19.0%)
An hour to an hour and 29 minutes
11(13.1%)
An hour and a half to an hour and 59 minutes
5(6.0%)
2 hours to 2 hours and 59 minutes
1(1.2%)
3 hours to 4 hours
0(0.0%)
More than 4 hours
0(0.0%)
I don't go to work or school and/or I decline to answer this question
3(3.6%)

2. On average (again, barring any emergencies or weirdness), how long does it typically take you to get to work or school?

No time; I live on campus and/or at my worksite
8(9.6%)
Fewer than 15 minutes
15(18.1%)
15 to 29 minutes
23(27.7%)
30 to 44 minutes
11(13.3%)
45 to 59 minutes
13(15.7%)
An hour to an hour and 29 minutes
3(3.6%)
An hour and a half to an hour and 59 minutes
5(6.0%)
2 hours to 3 hours
0(0.0%)
More than 3 hours
0(0.0%)
I already said I don't go to work or school and/or I decline to answer this question
5(6.0%)

3. What methods of transportation do you use to get to work or school? Check as many as apply.

Driving by myself
39(31.2%)
Carpool/vanpool with co-workers or fellow students
7(5.6%)
Public transportation (bus, lightrail, subway, etc.)
28(22.4%)
Cab/taxi service
2(1.6%)
Walking
32(25.6%)
Biking
4(3.2%)
Other (will comment to this entry or list it in #4)
5(4.0%)
None of the above apply to me; I live on campus or at my worksite, or I don't work or go to school
6(4.8%)
I decline to answer, but I just want to ticky at least one box
2(1.6%)

4. If you answered "Other" in #3, or if you have any further comments, please list them here (255 characters max).

Comments 
3rd-Mar-2011 08:40 am (UTC)
The 30 minutes assumes that I have either laid out clothing already or have them easy to find. Also that there is something that can be grabbed for breakfast that does not need preparation. And that any needed bags are packed or that there's a list and it is short. I can bounce out the door, but my brain will not engage for some time.
4th-Mar-2011 06:06 am (UTC)
Ahh, yeah, this is a good point. I should have accounted for pre-preparation times, because that doesn't always happen.

And I so hear you on the brain not engaging for some time. XD My brain's still in bed, even if my body is physically at the bus stop. XD
3rd-Mar-2011 09:03 am (UTC)
I did "decline" for #2 because I don't have school OR work, due to being on disability (for a variety of mental issues), but I do still go places because staying at home all the time is crazy-making. Also, it depends on where I'm going, how long it takes. But most of the places I go take between 30 minutes and an hour to get to by bus.
4th-Mar-2011 06:09 am (UTC)
Ahh, yeah, I should have accounted for other day-long activities besides work and school, but those were the only two that came to mind. =/ But thanks so much for responding, and believe me, I feel your pain on how long it takes to get anywhere, even just for fun or for errands!

(Also, you totally didn't have to share that about your disability, but I think that was awesome that you did. <33333 And I strongly commend you for having the motivation to get out and do stuff, because that's very important to one's well-being. I've had weekends where I didn't even set foot outside, and... yeah. XD;; Not good.)
3rd-Mar-2011 10:51 am (UTC)
I am really fast at getting ready, just because I like my sleep :D
4th-Mar-2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great reason to me! :D Sleep is good. :3
3rd-Mar-2011 11:53 am (UTC)
Getting ready takes me maybe half an hour if I'm washing my hair, and ten to fifteen minutes if I've previously showered. I don't fuss with stuff like hairstyling and makeup.

My commute depends on where I am. I work for a county library system as a substitute librarian; I go wherever they send me, whether it's to the branch five minutes from my house or one of the ones that's 25 to 30 minutes away. (I haven't been to the 45-minutes-away one yet, though...)
4th-Mar-2011 02:25 am (UTC)
I feel compelled to mention how very, very much I love your icon. Also, I salute you for being a librarian ^_^
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4th-Mar-2011 06:15 am (UTC)
*Nodnod* I probably should have put work and/or school or something, but then another person pointed out that daytime activities may not even involve those. And it still wouldn't have accounted for multiple sites meaning multiple lengths of commute time.
3rd-Mar-2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
It takes me 20-ish minutes to drive to work, or about an hour to walk. If riding a bicycle was not a suicidal gesture in my city, i'd totally do that.
4th-Mar-2011 06:17 am (UTC)
If riding a bicycle was not a suicidal gesture in my city, i'd totally do that.

I know, right? D: But I have to say, big props to you for walking to work whenever you can, and especially for having the stamina to do it. :D
3rd-Mar-2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
I would be faster on my own, but I have a 7-year-old to wrangle, too.
3rd-Mar-2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
I hear ya. I have an 8 year old, so i get up a half hour earlier so I can put on the coffee, use the washroom in peace, etc.
3rd-Mar-2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, people with longer commutes than me (an hour). I salute you, sirs and ladies!
4th-Mar-2011 06:24 am (UTC)
Yikes, and it looks like it takes you up to an hour commuting just while driving. D: I don't want to even think of how much longer it'd take you if you had to take the bus, because believe me, that can triple or even quadruple commute time. XD;
3rd-Mar-2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
Some details -- usually I have already laid out clothing and packed my bag. I do take 30-45 minutes just to get out of bed though. xDD; Only to take forever to get ready to and eventually need to rush my breakfast and bike asap to the train station. For public transportation I use the train and the underground subway which are about about an hour and a half combined, then I have a 10-minute walk. This is just for school though.

My internship is just 15-20 by bike, but it's only once a week. My work is 15-20 minutes by car (my father drives me until I have my own license, 'cause I'm a spoiled brat and public transportation requires to leave much, much earlier).
4th-Mar-2011 06:28 am (UTC)
I do take 30-45 minutes just to get out of bed though

ARE YOU ME, SAM. XD I tend to play alarm clock tag with my alarm clock, but even on weekend mornings, I just end up lying in bed until either the phone rings or I have to get out of bed to use the bathroom. XD;;

And I can't blame you for having your dad drive you. That just sounds ridiculously long for the commutes if you had to take public transportation. :O (And what a great incentive for getting your license... you can do it! (gym) (gym) (gym))
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4th-Mar-2011 06:29 am (UTC)
30 mins "getting ready"

I know, right? XD
4th-Mar-2011 06:32 am (UTC)
Hehehe, same here. XD Although, I kind of include the amount of time it takes me to physically get out of bed after waking up... and like you said, I have to dick around on the computer for a while to get my brain in gear. X3

But also like you said, if it came down to it, I could get ready to leave in under 15 minutes... just long enough to throw on some clothes, brush my teeth, grab my bag, and head out the door.
4th-Mar-2011 02:39 am (UTC)
I'm in the 15-29 minutes if you don't count letting my alarm go off and hitting the snooze button a few times before actually getting up. If you do, next category up. I really *do* need that light-sleep time -- I wouldn't be better off just setting the alarm later, but I'm not awake either.
4th-Mar-2011 06:35 am (UTC)
Hehehe! <3 I forgot to factor that in, but I say it counts if you'd like it to. X3

And same here. If I have to jump right out of bed, then I'm more likely to be klutzy and loopy for the first half hour or so. =P But easing myself awake seems to help a lot.
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4th-Mar-2011 06:37 am (UTC)
That makes perfect sense, especially since you have a little one to get ready. <3 And having a bit of time to yourself beforehand is important.
4th-Mar-2011 10:01 am (UTC)
Marilyn and I can both get ready for work pretty quickly, especially considering this requires a lot of messing with both hair and makeup, aside from getting dressed. (When you work in a place where you're going to loads of meetings, you have to dress a certain way, too...)

I always seem to need to get stuff organized to take with me to work, by the way. My IT and website stuff, for example (meaning external hard drive, jump drives and other technology). I carry a HEAVY backpack daily, but generally have a second or third bag, as well. I'm NOT a light traveler for work (so imagine when I go somewhere!!!).

I answered averages for both of us (30 to 44 minutes, prep, 15 to 29 minutes, travel, carpool -- but Marilyn is often driving alone) -- BUT we can get ready much faster, when need be (and often do). Plus we sometimes get to work even faster, traffic allowing...

Getting AWAY from work is far more difficult for us. We're almost NEVER out of there even close to 5:00, no matter how early we go to work (and even when we haven't had a single break, including bathroom breaks). Our year-round average would be 6:30 - 7:00, I'd say -- and this time of year it's much later than that. Often when we have appointments we'll end up late, because it's hard to pull away. (Especially for Marilyn, who is surrounded by people needing things from her all day long... My own issue is the whole IT thing, which means people are always grabbing me for that, even when I'm supposed to be in meetings... sigh...)

I'm generally shocked when people complain about 10-hour days, because I think nothing of them. We'll so often work 12-hour days -- then go home and work MANY MORE hours...

Good poll, anyway. Interesting!
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