Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tips from Idea-Hunters: Travelling While At Home

"I'm most effective when I'm on the road; I get more done when I travel." This insight was shared with me by a European chemical industry executive who observed that most of his good ideas came when he was traveling and had a different schedule of time than he did at home. This made ample sense to me, as when I'm on the road I wake-up earlier, and start the day by going on-line, in the utter peace that only an early morning can provide --to peruse a number of sites that I'm often too busy to read on a normal day at home. The question then became in his mind: "How do I work more like when I'm travelling, even though I'm at home?"

My chemical industry friend eventually arrived at the following conclusion: "So, now I've adjusted my days at home to be more like the best parts of my days on the road." Me too! I thought that this was such good advice that I now start each day --whether at home or on the road -- in the same way. It might mean that I have to arise earlier than usual when I am at home, but the idea-payoff certainly appears to be richer in return.

1 comment:

Sankaranarayanan said...

Philosophically speaking, "God" delivers our share of idea every now and then. There is no connection between driving and idea generation, as much as there is connection between a serene mind and idea generation. However, there can be a connection between a serene mind and driving.