When I travel, I carry masking tape with me. It’s not because I expect to be working on any last-minute paint jobs, or to fix an unexpected hem issue. It’s because, when I am on a plane, I can tape meeting notes to the back of the chair in front of me and easily type up my notes. I look like a nerd, but I feel efficient.
This is why I loved Joseph Grenny’s recent article, “How to Get Work Done on the Road.” I’ve been traveling a lot – and I’ve had a ton of work to complete. That means that every minute counts. Fortunately, I am a work-aholic in hotel rooms and airplanes. I’ve learned how to work in any type of coffee house and tune out the world around me. I can respond to emails on my iPhone while waiting in security lines and work on PowerPoint presentations in my rental car.
The biggest obstacle? The time zone difference. It’s tough for me to get up and go running if I’m on the East coast and it’s 4am my body time. But if I don’t do it first thing in the morning, it’s unlikely that I’ll run later in the day. But running keeps me sane and level-headed, so I try to do what I can.
But Grenny offers some great advice, and the one piece of advice that I appreciated the most was the suggestion to take the time to celebrate when you finish an important block of work. I don’t tend to do that. More often than not, I immediately evaluate my “to do” list and figure out which item to tackle next. So maybe I’ll add that to my “to do” list!