I've noticed a pattern to many of my (admittedly infrequent) 2011 posts - I'm behind but I'm back so I'm promising to catch up and deliver. In the last three weeks I've spent 16 days out of town with accreditation duties at two conferences and attendance at another. The problem continues to be, for me at least, two-fold: 1) I don't realize how quickly time seems to be passing me by; and 2) I'm not particularly effective at multi-tasking while on the road.
I consider myself pretty good at getting through a large volume of work under fairly aggressive deadlines. In the CLE world this is a must. I doubt that any of us have the luxury of not enough to do. But when I add the "burden" of travel to the mix - I get a whole lot less effective.
Don't get me wrong - I love to travel. I love the idea that in just a few short hours I can be halfway across the country. New sights, new sounds, new weather! But modern travel has its own new hassles. Flight delays and cancellations, overcrowded planes and waiting areas, grumpy and sometimes even hostile fellow-travelers.
I could and should probably use the time spent waiting doing something more productive (like writing blog posts) but I only have one excuse - I have an iPad. This devise has revolutionized wait time, giving its owner hours of enjoyable but unfocused and wasteful time.
I have plans - prioritize, recognize time drains, get things done. Once the iPad has Microsoft Word and Excel (or something similar and as useful) watch out! But, if I'm really honest, I'm sure that the lure of Drop 7 and Angry Birds won't change.