I have a freelancer that showed up to work carrying nothing. I mean nothing. Not a magazine or book or cup of coffee. Nothing. And I thought to myself, “Can I do that? Show up to work carrying nothing?” It only took me half a second to realize, You just can’t do it.
I made a list of the bare essentials needed for a commute into the city:
• wallet with train pass and MetroCard and pass into my building
• iPhone with earbuds
• house keys
• lipgloss (yes, that is a bare essential)
And with those few things listed above, you at least need a little purse or clutch to carry them in (ok, even a plastic sandwich baggie would do but we’re talkin’ realistic here!). Unless you’re a guy, I guess. You can carry those things in your pants pocket. But I bet you it’s liberating to walk into work thinking, “Ef carrying anything with me cuz everything I need to do my job is right behind those doors and in that cubicle of mine.”
I challenge anyone to try commuting in carrying nothing besides pockets to put your stuff in. Bet you can’t.