Full Time Traveler
As a Facilitator for the David Allen Company, I am 100% travel (I was on the road 231 of the 250 working days last year). For me, it was more about the approach than it was about the tools. You can be effective regardless of whether you are digital or paper-based. What is important is to set yourself up for success as a road warrior. Some things to consider...
* Airplanes are a great place for me to do my weekly review. No distractions, no interruptions from calls, email, or office drive-bys. Use this time to regain control and perspective.
* Airplanes are also a great place to reduce the volume of your "Read/Review" stack. I carry a Read/Review folder for my physical reading material and keep it in my carry-on. It means I have something more significant for me to read than another airline magazine. I also keep an email folder for Read/Review for the digital reading material for those times when I can/want to get my laptop out.
* I keep my "In" folder in the outside pocket of my bag so that I can drop the things that I collect on the road in to my In Folder easily. One of the bigger challenges I faced as a new road warrior was dealing with all the things that I was collecting on the road (meeting notes, business cards, customer information/requests, etc). Find a way that works for you to capture what is incoming for you.
* While any system can work for you, you will need to consider your ability to access the system when you want. If your trusted system is a web-based or cloud-based system, you are going to find it more challenging to work with if you travel a lot by plane. More and more flights are providing access to Wi-Fi, but many still don't...and the ones that do can be expensive.
Bottom line is that you can make it work! In fact, in a lot of ways, I find that it is easier for me to maintain things now than I did when I was working in the corporate world and spent my days at a desk.
I hope that helps!
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