- Always travel with your GPS. Even though it is one more clunky electronic device to get through security, it is a must when you are in a strange city. Of course, my family would say it is a must for me even it my home city since I am...um...directionally challenged. And I freely admit it is true. My Tom-Tom is my friend.
- Get smart about packing. This week I decided to go buy some low-budget but servicable work outfits here in Denver (Thank You Target) and also a portable wardrobe storage closet (Thank You IKEA) and leave them in the Denver office. Using Hotel laundry and dry-cleaning services 24 hours before check-out means I can easily leave behind a week's worth of clean clothes and can travel with a little week-ender bag.
- Go electronic. My laptop weighs a ton...but what really breaks my back is all the paperwork. This week, I observed one of the executive assistants in our Denver office using an unusal pen. Turns out it is a very special device indeed, which allows you to record everything you write and store it electronically. I immediately placed an order and envision I will be traveling with much less paper and file records in the future. I'm sure I'll devote a future post to the "Live Scribe" system (http://www.livescribe.com/)
- Sleep when you can. Although there is a two hour difference, I rarely suffer from jet lag and adjust pretty quickly. However, I do find that I sleep less. A lot less. I go to bed late, I get up early, and I have wierd middle of the night wakefulness. I've taken to ordering a pay per view movie - not to watch - but to put me to sleep....and I think I wake up when the movie stops. So, I'm trying to learn to really go down for sleep early to try and get the 6 hours a night I need to be upright (if not function at a high level).
- Re-entry can be bumpy. I often fiind no matter how much I really really really can't wait to get home to my honey and my kitty and my own bed I often walk in the door in a crap-ass mood. I think it may have something to do with that week-long wierd sleep thing, high-tension work, high altitude dehydration, and my natural beeyotch self.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Two City Living
As is my pattern right now, I alternate between my home office (White Plains NY) and the corporate headquarters (Denver CO) a few other location trips in between. I've been traveling nearly every other week for the past several months. In the process I've started to learn a few things about two city living.