I took this picture the other day, while sitting in Newark Airport waiting for my flight to Madrid:
While checking my email and making a few last minute calls, it struck me that it’s kind of awesome to be able to “work” from any spot in the world. I remember having to drive over an hour (each way) so I could sit in a little cubicle where I worked on my TPS Reports.
Now, with a few simple tools, I can work from any spot in the world. A lot of people have this misguided notion that they need a large space to get things done. In reality, it’s pretty easy to accomplish a lot of your work with only a few necessary items (you can see most of these from the picture above):
Laptop– When I travel, I use a basic laptop: Toshiba NB300. This tiny sucker has a great amount of battery life. Sure it’s not very powerful, but it’s great for doing a lot of writing.
Internet Access- I’ve recently discover that with a simple Boingo account, you can pretty much access the Internet in almost every airport and train station. Furthermore, I’ve found that every major city has some form of wireless access.
For most “work” you don’t a fancy networking system with lighting fast downloading capabilities. Honestly, you can usually get by with a simple wireless access that’s available almost anywhere.
Pen and Paper– Talk about super high-tech…I carry a pen and pad of paper everywhere I go. This always includes my weekly to-do list and a few critical documents. It always amuses me to see people with piles of paperwork they feel is “necessary” to have while traveling.
Telecommunications – I’m not much for talking on the phone. However, I’ve come to realize that sometimes you need to speak to real human being when something can’t be fixed with a simple email. When I’m home I use my over-priced, iPhone with its lowly one app installed (Meowcenaries). Overseas, I use Skype if I need to make a call.
In the last six years of being self-employed, these are all I’ve used to talk to people. Again, you don’t fancy technology to do the basic things.
Computer Gadgets- There are a few assorted computer gadgets I use to make life simpler. This includes a mouse, 2 USB thumb drives, a headset with a mic, a digital camera, and a Flip Video Camera.
Beer– The all nourishing ambrosia of life. Usually when I’m about to get on a plane, I like to have a beer or two. Kind of helps me forget that I’m about to go hurtling down a runway at breakneck speeds, in a giant metal tube.
Well…all of these items (besides the beer) fit neatly into a tiny daypack I bring with me everywhere I go.Take Action. Get Results.