I’m not complaining. Really, I’m not! Okay, maybe I am just a little. I’m going to be gone every week for the next six weeks. At least three days a week, mostly four and five days a week. Let’s see if I can remember it all. Next week, Boston and Pittsburgh. The week after, South Texas for my sister’s wedding (and yes I know technically that’s not work but it won’t necessarily be a vacation either). Then the week after that it’s Nashville and Dallas. And that’s just February. March is basically the same, without the wedding, but with my birthday and some of my closest friends’ birthdays. (Image from Inky Circus)
It feels like I have a mountain in front of me. A mountain of travel, that is. When I think about it, and all of the things I have to do between trips, I start to get really anxious. Of course, I have had times like this before. Not in 2009, but several times in 2008. There was one period where I traveled every week and every weekEND for two months. Wow.
Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed, I have to remind myself to take a deep breath, and think about the travel in chunks. Sure I’m gone all of this week and all of next week (and the week after), but I have to focus on one week at a time. I’m home for three whole days before we leave for the wedding. I’m going to focus on that. And by then, I’ll only have five weeks of travel in front of me! See, it’s not that bad.
I also have to remind myself that just because I’m not at home doesn’t mean I can’t do stuff. I can still call the margarita man for my sister, write blog posts, and pay bills when I’m in Boston next week. Being gone doesn’t mean I’m in a vacuum, and I have to remind myself of that too.
I can do it!! (Any encouragement you want to throw my way is gladly accepted 🙂 )
Readers, what do you do when you have a lot of travel (or other work) facing you?