I just returned home after being away for three weeks and man does it feels good to be back in the swing of things. I was gone mainly for business purposes (working on a contract project with a client), but I did have some time for fun here and there. Time seemed to go by even faster than usual and my work load also seemed to be building higher while I was on the road- probably due to lack of a schedule! One of the most exciting things that I learned on this trip is that I can really be anywhere and take my work along with me.
Travel has always been high on my priority list and I’m so excited to be doing more of it now that I don’t have to stay within the 2-week vacation time period that I’ve been accustomed to over the years of having a full-time job.
Running a business from the road is difficult though! If you’re thinking I’ve been sitting on a beach all day earning money, think again. That is not in the cards for the business I have, at least not until I have some help. But maybe some could! While traveling, I need to take time out every day for taking care of tasks, responde to emails, problem-solving, and of course selling. On top of that, it’s much harder to keep a schedule every day when you’re moving from place to place. I did manage to have a few productive days hunkered down at a coffee shop, but for the most part, I had a hard time fitting in time to get things done.
If you’re about to hit the road and are taking your work with you, here is my advice to you: Stay organized and don’t be too hard on yourself!
There is nothing worse than forgetting about a project or a task and having to rush to get through it. I have a paper notebook/planner that I use and take with me when I travel. It breaks down every week and I have more than enough space to write out my tasks for the day and all the deadlines for projects. I also try to keep my business backpack light! I only carry my MacBook, planner, a large notepad, my backup hard drive, and business cards. This helps keep everything in one place and provides me with everything I need to get the job done.
Give yourself a break from all your work to enjoy the city you are in and the people around you. You are in charge of your schedule so take advantage of it and don’t get too hard on yourself for not completing as many things as you’d like to, as you would in a “regular day”.
While I love to travel, it also is so nice to be home! There is something about leaving and coming back that opens your eyes to the world we live in. I have a couple trips lined up throughout the next year, and I’m looking forward to optimizing my work vs. fun schedule!
“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”
Thanks for Reading,