Road Trip Packing List

I’m just packing right now for a rather extended road trip. I’m headed to a church for weekend where I’m starting a transitional coaching role, preaching at the services and then carrying on to a pastor’s retreat for a few days. We’re going be on the road for about a week, staying in two different locations. I pulled up my mega road trip list, deleted the things I don’t need to bring and started working through the list packing. 

It raises a few things I’ve added to my list over the years. Some of the things on the list I’ve discovered by trial and error that I’ve needed them, so I thought I’d pass on some of these ideas of my road trip list that might actually work for you. Now this trip I’m going on this time is actually a driving trip and not flying, which changes things on my list a little bit. But some of these ideas work both ways. 

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Time-Saving Tech Upgrade

I recently did something that cost me less than $150 and probably saves me 30 to 60 minutes a week. It’s something I’d been thinking about for a long time and finally got around to it. Like a lot of things that I put off doing, I asked myself, why didn’t you do this sooner? 

Basically what I did was replace the hard drive in my computer with a solid state drive. I’ve got a Dell Latitude computer that’s a few years old now, but it’s a workhorse. It does everything I need it to do, including edit videos and things like that, but it’s starting to get a little bit slow. 

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What is Your Mars Colony?

A friend on a mastermind call last week asked me an interesting question. He asked, “What is your Mars colony?” 

He asked that question after I had shared some of my projects, plans and multiple ministry roles I’m involved in. He shared an anecdote from the life of Elon Musk and how he makes decisions. When Elon Musk is faced with an opportunity or a fork in the road, his locus for decision making really is asking himself if this will help advance the ultimate goal of creating a self-sustaining city on Mars. 

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Rationing Your Creative Energy

I’ve spoken in the past in different places about time management and energy management, which is something I borrowed from the book “The Power of Full Engagement” where it says the purpose of time management is indeed energy management. As you get older, you understand more and more that if you’re not careful, you can find yourself with more time than you have energy, which is a weird feeling. From time to time, I’ve actually had that happen to me. 

What I’ve discovered lately is different categories of energy in your life. You can still have great physical energy and be able to go out and work hard or go do some exercise, but there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of juice upstairs mentally. 

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Breaking Out of the Afternoon Doldrums

I’ve had a pretty productive morning where I did a webinar and related work, and then dealt with some emails. Into the afternoon I continued with this sense of productivity until about mid afternoon when I felt myself start to drag. I knew from experience I was at that stage where I was going to stare at the screen or, since I’m working from my home office today, maybe go sit on the couch, doze off or wallow and ultimately not get a whole lot done.  Even though I mindfully had a light lunch, I was still starting to drag mid afternoon. 

I knew of one thing to break that pattern so I could squeak out another segment of productivity, which was a state change. I got up, packed up my laptop, headed down to the coffee shop, bought a coffee and a cookie, and I had a clear project in mind. I wasn’t just going to a different location, but totally changed gears completely and worked on a project that’s kind of been hanging there. I’m doing a board training in a couple of weeks and I have to adapt somebody else’s training for this from our denominational office. 

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