Sunday, January 13, 2019

Can I wisely use flight & work travel time

I usually totally veg out on a long work flight. I find it hard to focus. I also tend to go wildly off track on my eating & fitness on work trips, & allow myself indulgences that I wouldn't under normal circumstances. I think because I'm trying to "reward" myself for surviving the trip? Anyway, it's not useful, & leads to more work when I"m home, so I'm going to take a slightly different approach to my work trip this go round. I need to stay on track with my goals.

  • Work on either journaling or creative writing for at least 2 hours (1 hour/flight?)
  • Work on photobooks for minimum of 1 hour. Sometimes I'm awake & insanely jet lagged/tried, so maybe if I wake up early but am in no shape to really accomplish something, I can at least start deleting pictures.
  • Work out every day of my trip. I really need to stay on top of my running.
  • Meditate 2x.
  • Continue fasting in the morning. 
  • Avoid dairy
  • Keep my calories + fruit & vegetables in check
Before my flight leaves today, I want to go for a run. Other than that, all I have to do is finish the last minute packing, & I'm otherwise pretty much set. 

Here's what I accomplished from the list yesterday.

  1. Make muffins for M (we're out)
  2. Vacuum
  3. Clean the kitchen (a deeper clean than I do after I make dinner each day)
  4. Clean the bathrooms
  5. Figure out why our shower fixtures (the silver parts) have rusted? Clean as needed - I've figured it out, but ran out of time to deal with. 
  6. Laundry
  7. Finalize schedule for everyone & review with the kids, so they know what's happening each day (where to go, how to get to school, rides to soccer games, etc)
  8. Finish packing for Tokyo
  9. Menu plan for the week
  10. Shopping list
  11. Costco
  12. Produce stand
  13. Go for a run - my stomach wasn't feeling great, so I walked instead.
  14. Strength training workout - skipped altogether. 
  15. Defrost the ice tray in the freezer. The ice froze over & is now in a giant block. 
  16. Bake bacon & package for meals
  17. Wash sheets
  18. Make beds
  19. Take Christmas lights down
  20. Make a list of thank you notes for the boys to write, & ensure it gets done

Altogether, I think I did well with my projects for yesterday. Fingers crossed I can do a better job of staying focused on this work trip. What about you? Were you productive yesterday?


  1. thinking about how to use the time that might seem wasted otherwise is a terrific goal-love your plane ideas. I too find eating is a huge problem on business trips, and I rarely go on them now. Like you said, it is not a reward if you have to pay later in terms of time or health consequences. You sure had a productive day yesterday.

  2. Hope you have a great work trip and can be somewhat productive during the flight. I know I would not be.

  3. We travel by plane frequently, primarily for pleasure. I enjoy playing video games during the flight because it's a treat in that I don't play them otherwise. Makes the time go by fast, which is the primary reason I play them. Otherwise, even when I traveled for work, I abide by food and workout rules. Same breakfast and lunch as at home, calorie wise at the very least, enjoy whatever looks appealing for dinner, but no dessert. Oh, and I also always carry almonds for immediate pick me ups. Plus, walk whenever and wherever possible. Particularly somewhere as fab for walking and looking around as Tokyo is!

    That jet lag, though? Sigh, no suggestions there as I get slammed each and every time.

  4. You did amazing on your to do list! Great job! I hope you were able to be productive during your flight. Have a great week!

  5. I would love to go to Tokoyo you are so blessed to have a job where you can travel.

  6. We have a Peloton bike, and with that comes the Peloton app. You can get just the app on its own and it has many workouts over a large field of styles and types, as well as guided meditation and yoga, stretching etc. Might be a handy app to have with the travel. It is not free but much less expensive than a gym. I think the app alone is about $20/month.

  7. I absolutely LOVE crossing off lists. I'm the same way when I travel. Totally blow my diet and exercise. :(
    Just visited my parents, no exercise and lots of sugar. I was doing a Diet Bet that I'm now going to lose.
    If you figure out how to maintain while traveling, please let me know! :)