As hard as I try, travelling sucks time.
I have a recurring dream that isn’t quite reality (yet). In it, I am as virtual as anyone could be. My physical location doesn’t matter. Wherever I am, whatever I am doing, I can “ship product”. These days, most of my product is building custom Facebook business pages. Shipping Product requires time. I haven’t found a way to widgetize what I do and I don’t think I want to.
To help realize my dream, I have multiple laptops with me, I have a super dooper cell phone that also serves as a traveling WiFi (MyFi) hotspot wherever I go. I have everything I need to be as mobile as could be, except one thing. Time.
Right now I am on my way back from Seattle. I left the hotel early AM, taxi’d to the downtown area where I can catch the light rail to the airport. Once bags are checked it’s TSA time, then wait at the gate for at least an hour. In flight, it’s find ways of keeping myself busy. Sometimes that’s just organizing the coming workload, other times it’s writing blog posts in draft. Once I land it’s BART to Pleasant Hill Station, get picked up, get home, get unpacked, and then finally, I can get started on getting some real work done. My 2 hour flight home will take up most all of a day if everything goes right.
While at conferences there’s also little chance of getting any real work done. I typically turn off twitter and Facebook so I can better concentrate on the people and conversations there. Before and after conferences there always seems to be networking tweetups and parties. No chance of missing these either as they are often times the most valuable and rewarding events I attend. Back at the hotel I’m usually exhausted from the festivities and there’s only time to sleep.
So in the end, I am starting to think that no matter how cool and great technology becomes I’ll still never get a chance to realize my dream. That is, until they create a cell phone app for TIME. That’s all I need.
Who’s ready for more time?