First part of my Story:
I commute daily from Santa Clara to San Mateo and have been doing this for almost 15months. Anyone who travels on Freeway 101 will agree with me that traffic sucks. There is no predictable way of finding out as to when 101 can be free. I tried starting at different time but still not able to find one time which works. If I am really really lucky then I reach office in 35mins, but 90% of the time it so happens that the commute is anywhere between 45 mins to 1:30mins (one way). I would say the average travel time is 1hr (one way). This travel comes with additional member which joins the party “STRESS”. Its quite common to see a few accidents daily on 101. I recently met with a terrible accident where a guy came and hit my car from behind. I believe these accidents are mainly caused by using mobile phones, but I can’t even blame them since the travel time itself is so bad that they need something to keep them occupied.
Second part of my Story:
I like to keep up with the current trends in technology and have been taking Coursera courses from the day one. Initally my office was near my house and I was able to complete the courses after going back home. After joining the new company I have noticed that my completion rate of the courses have gone down significantly.I tried completing Functional Programming in Scala last time but couldn’t . By the time I went home I was so tried that my enthusiasm for learning new stuff had decreased considerably. My usage of laptop was restricted to checking mails, monitor and fix issues with the production systems if any and exploring new stuff related to work.
Third part of my Story:
I always wanted to travel by public transport to avoid this traffic but there was one constraint that prevented me from doing that .The connecting links between VTA, Caltrain and the shuttles. If I didnt want to waste time waiting between the connecting links I should start from my home at 7:20 to 7:30am. Due to my recent accident my car is currently in body shop for repair. I guess this was the right time for me to try public transport. The travel time itself has not reduced for me but I could utilize that time since I am not driving anymore. I could listen to music, browse, watch videos, or program. I started watching Coursera video and completing the assignments during this time. The result have been awesome so far, I am in my last week of Functional programming in Scala and hopefully will complete it this time.
If you are taking Coursera Classes and have not been completing the course see if your pattern matches that of mine :).