Today is Day 15 of our epic road trip. As I type this, my "office" is the kitchen table of my son Eric's new NYC apartment. Adam (the 19 year old) and I are here for a week enjoying amazing Manhattan. There is so much about this city to love -- the energy, the diversity, and the beauty of the city.
Being here has reminded me yet again that getting outside my own perspective is important. I live in the height of suburbia, in a place where a to-do item like "go to Target" doesn't take half a day to accomplish. I forget that there are people for whom "personal productivity" means a wise spending of their daily hourlong commute.
Part of my goal this week is to maintain last week's productity while still taking plenty of time to enjoy my family and the city. This means choosing my priorities for the week. In my case, this week's work priorities include:
- Finishing the two speeches I have to give at a conference next week.
- Staying on top of email. Always. I made a great dent last week and don't want to lose my mojo.
- Keeping on top of my editorial commitments for my main blog.
- Capturing the new ideas that inevitably pop into my head in new environments.
You'll note that daily blogging, book reviewing, writing new articles and other long term projects are not on this list. I'm in "work as little as possible" mode. But that doesn't mean that I can fall behind on my professional commitments. With good time management, laser sharp focus and priority setting, I can enjoy this week in the city without letting my work fall into disarray.
Your turn: What are your priorities this week?