Commute Five Times Less a Month: Transient Hypofrontality and Solitude

By Shantanu Mohan

November 13, 2017

The process of commuting is likely one of your least favorite aspects of your career, especially if you have long commutes every morning. Many of your colleagues likely feel the same way if they commute with you. If you’re running a business, you may all feel burned out after years of doing the same commutes and procedures.

All this does is turn off the prefrontal cortex of your brain to a point where you’re unable to solve challenging business problems.

It’s possible to fix this with a remote office and working part of the time in solitude. When you do, you could bring on the psychological phenomenon known as transient hypofrontality.

What Does Transient Hypofrontality Have to Do With Commuting?

Psychology is always directly related to things that happen in the workplace. Transient hypofrontality might sound like an arcane psychological term, but you can equate it directly to all those commutes burning you out.

What happens is when you get stuck in a rut, the focused part of your brain goes into rest. This happens when you focus too much on other functions of your brain, especially dealing with work routines.

A term created by Dr. Arne Dietrich, transient hypofrontality helps reactivate your prefrontal cortex so you focus more on solving the challenges you need to take on.

How does it work, though?

Doing Something Active or Different

Science and psychology have begun to show us that when you slow your brain down, it starts to function better.

It’s here where you can get a better grasp of how transient hypofrontality works. When we do something active (like exercising, especially), or anything different, it’s going to help reactivate our prefrontal cortex.

A lot of people start running or jogging to help this process along. Working in solitude from your home or another location potentially does the same thing.

How Avoiding Commuting Retrains Your Brain

No doubt you’ve dreamed of being able to work from home and letting your employees do the same. With mobile technology being omnipresent, you can make this work efficiently!

Then again, maybe you think you need to stay in the office part of the time. You obviously can’t work from home continuously, especially with particular office duties necessary.

What you should do is ditch your commutes at least five times a month.

Recent health reports show long commutes are extremely bad for your health and productivity. Cutting this down at least part of every month helps balance your priorities and resets your brain to take on upcoming business hurdles.

Avoiding the commutes also lets you focus on pockets of solitude every week.

Technology for Work Solitude

If you have a quiet home, you’re already setting yourself up for more solitude in your work. Finding solitude can also happen in another location if it’s needed.

What’s important to note is that the technology behind remote offices lets you work from anywhere. Finding a service offering this with a tailored plan gives you everything you need at your fingertips.

Using a corporate address, digital phones, dedicated fax, email service, and a virtual conference room helps you work by yourself without distractions. Now you can avoid someone interrupting you, plus eliminate other annoyances your office usually experiences.

Most of all, letting all your employees ditch commutes five times per month saves them and you money. Consider all the gas money saved, while still increasing productivity.

You’ll also make transient hypofrontality a common office term when colleagues start thinking better again.

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