If your work requires you to travel, you are not just a run-of-the-mill traveler. You are a working gypsy.
One of the popular iconic gypsies that the 90’s produced was Esmeralda. Does it ring a bell? Gypsies are built to travel. Whenever they migrate from a place to another, they know what to do. It’s more than just being adaptable. That’s how they are wired–but of course, influenced by nurture.
First of all, remember that you are blessed. Since you are, to wit, not a run-of-the-mill traveler, you are a privileged corporate slave–given that you are part of a corporate enterprise. Being able to frequently travel and explore the world’s beauty is an auspicious privilege. But here’s the catch.
Don’t be overwhelmed.
Pause and think about the purpose of your excursion. You may be meeting new faces, eating local delectable cuisines, and exploring unrevealed terrains. Don’t get me wrong. Those are part of the package. It would be a deep regret if you don’t get to experience such. But always remember that that is not the reason why you’re traveling after all.
Asian Efficiency tells us that there are three paradigms in work traveling.
This is the basic principle in traveling for work. Travel should be a way of life. It can excite you but it shouldn’t disturb you. It must be a natural wiring. If so, it would follow that your workplace are the places you go to. It may be a company condominium, a hotel, or a client’s home. Remember Esmeralda? This perspective must shift your paradigm in traveling. After all, that’s how you’re paid for.
The second perspective suggests your approach in bridging the two realms into a single harmonious journey. Once you do that, productivity will dawn on you and it will prod you to death. Everyone who wants to progress in life craves for productivity. Productivity basically means results–good results, that is. If you love traveling, you will learn to love your work. Two things in one harmonious accord.
There will be distractions. A lot. It’ll come like the serpent who tempted Eve in the garden of Eden. But at the end of the day, you can never blame the external forces. You will always have the last say and when you say yes to these temptations, you know what will happen. If you come home late on weekdays, you will definitely end up tired in the morning. Same goes in getting drunk. Your maturity will also be tested along the way as you decide on what to do when you’re about to be soaked in a boiling water.
Inspiration: Getting Things Done While Travelling