Totally untracked... Days 49 and 50 were a blur, I slept most of each day and ground out a little work.
Day 51, I was reorganizing -- cleaning up a lot of things. Actually did some good principles of general tracking and goal-setting, clearing out, reorganizing, writing a lot of thank you notes and letters, and closing things out.
D52, put together a medium-sized deal and followed up with all 12 clients that had active/incomplete projects with finishing guidelines... I've been kind of out in space, but Stepan's been on fire and that pushed me to get some stuff in.
Days 49 & 50 were totally shot, days 51 & 52 were quite good despite being low still. I'm going to sketch out notes for today (D53) to get tracking restarted... back to Beijing to speak at a conference on Tuesday, and will renormalize my schedule. This Mongolia trip has had amazing points, but some of the consistency of life in the gym/office/work/sleep/wake/read/write/gym/office cycle has slipped being here.
The moral? No moral. Travel can screw up systems despite best intentions. But you already knew that. Just get what you can when things are off-track, and re-track when you can.
It's funny how even when the week got derailed on Day 2, just having goals means you can stay roughly on track.
Here was the night-before for Day 5:
Day 5 plan (done the next day, didn't do before sleep):
Once awake, focus on creative writing until it's complete.
Do some general clearup maintenance.
When Todd and I arrived in Panama the second time, we couldn't find a decent apartment to rent. Prices had gone up by 50% since the last time we visited, and it was Carnaval Season, which crushed availability. So we stayed in a hostel. The location was great, our room was decent enough, but to call the internet sporadic would be too kind of a compliment. We couldn't find any coffee shops that had wifi, so we ended up paying by the minute in an overly air conditioned "cybercafe" which boasted amenities like plastic patio chairs and a guy next to us browsing hardcore gay pornography all day.
If I knew then what I know now, and what I'm about to share with you, I wouldn't have had that problem. It turns out that there's a company which caters to businesses by offering office space all over the world. And I mean everywhere. I first found out about this in Toronto, searched for the closest location, and it was half a block away from where I was staying. In San Francisco you can stand at one location and see another one a block away.
The company is called Regus. I'd heard about them before, because I know that they contract with American Express for the Platinum Business card, but I assumed their services were so expensive that I wouldn't consider a membership. And that's kind of true-if you want your own office, it's definitely expense-account priced. But they also have a "Business Lounge" program, which gives you access to a common area with comfortable seating, wifi, snacks, tea, and coffee, in any of their 1100 locations. The price for a worldwide membership is only $49 per month, which is cheap enough that I would consider buying it, and would definitely buy it if I was traveling constantly.