I have been traveling a lot lately. I have been driving across Norway, a total of 24 hours by car. Then I’ve been close to 22 hours on a boat to Copenhagen (Denmark), and I’ve spent 3 hours in a car to Gothenburg (Sweden) and I’m now back home. It seems that it’s been seven days with nothing but traveling.
I love traveling. But thinking about traveling makes me think about a lot of things.
It makes me think about focus, and it makes me think about work, and it makes me think about me.
What I’m focusing on while traveling
When I’m traveling, I usually end up focusing on the process of traveling, or why I am traveling. I’m thinking about the car, the journey, the boat, the ocean, or even the interior. I’m thinking about why I was traveling across Norway, and why I was heading to Denmark and Sweden. It seems that I don’t think a lot about things not related to traveling.
For instance, I had a comment to Marcus Sheridan’s awesome post, Massive blog growth: do you really have the time it takes? What I said was that I don’t have the time it takes to create a very popular blog (even if I could), because I don’t. I have too many things going on, and I can’t spend many hours every single day working on my blog. I want to, but I just can’t.
When I’m traveling I just don’t focus on things like blogging or writing a novel. I love writing, and I have written my first novel, and I have written the cover letter for the novel. When I’m traveling I don’t focus on being more intimate and more personal than ever. I wish I did.
But I focus. I focus on what’s happening when I’m not doing the things I’m usually doing. I’m having a great time traveling, but I’m not getting things done.
Creating something when I’m not
When I’m traveling, I wish I could focus more on blogging, on writing a novel, and things that matters to me. If I did, I could probably travel a lot more.
When I’m traveling, I look at people who’re at coffee shops and in parks, and they’re writing, they’re creating something. And me, I’m just looking.
I’m fast, I’m creative, and I create a lot, but only when I’m in my office. While I’m oustide, my thoughts are everywhere. I have started taking
mental notes, and I’m adding them to Evernote. That’s it. But it’s a start.
I want to be creating something when I’m in coffee shops and when I’m in parks. Actually, I want to be creating something when I’m at the beach as well.
Why I am paying for products
When I was traveling, I was thinking about why I am paying for products I am using when it comes to blogging and marketing. I am not paying for many products, but I am paying for Buffer to help me schedule my tweets, and I’m paying for AWeber to help me send out my newsletter and reports. I am also paying for domain names and webhosting as well. Actually, I don’t remember everything I’m paying for, but it’s a lot.
The reason I am paying for a product, is usually because I want it to help me make it easier to do something (like tweeting or sending email). I want to spend more time to write, and I want to be able to focus on you, and my relations to you. So, I’m actually paying for a product or service in order to be able to focus on you and make life (as a marketer) easier. But no matter how much money I spend on buying products, I am still depending on time and place when it comes to creating something.
I am still stuck in time and place
I have been writing the novel for 8 months, and I have written every single word on my macbook while sitting in my office. I have been walking in a forest, in order to get inspiration, but while I am walking it doesn’t feel like I’m creating anything and it doesn’t feel like work. It just feels good. That’s all.
When I’m traveling, I understand that my daily
writing routines is what helps me create, and I understand that traveling helps me get inspired, and that inspiration helps me create. I understand that I’m stuck in time and place. I’m at the office from 8 am to 4 pm. I know when to create and I know when not to.
When I’m traveling, I understand the importance of traveling. I understand what it means to be me.