Factor commuting into your decision about employment, your choice of housing, and your allocation of time. In an increasingly mobile society where it seems that fewer and fewer people live near their jobs, commuting is becoming a major issue in quality of life planning. Be realistic. Know that the trade-off for endless hours in your car or on a subway or bus can be positive—the newspaper read, a good novel on tape, some time to yourself for a change. Alternatively, it can be negative—loss of research time, a crowded, unpleasant, stressful part of your daily routine. Some of it is unavoidable, such as plane rides if you and your partner live in different cities or if you take a visiting appointment for a bit. In that case, be sure you book a direct flight, get your frequent flyer points, and travel light.