I am facing a long day of travel now, well… technically two, but thanks to time zones it isn’t as bad as it sounds. I am flying out to Hong Kong on business, staying a whole two days and then flying home. This includes a 6 hour layover in London, Heathrow this afternoon before my flight out.
To most people this would be a nightmare, but to me, this period of waiting and the flight itself, 14 hours flying time each way, is something I am relishing. Ok, sure in Heathrow, as I am travelling business class, I have free wi-fi in the lounge, and can get some work done, but during the flight, I am disconnected to the online world, no social media, no emails, no distractions. I have a full 24 hours to myself, to catch up on my reading and my writing. Sure, you are in a plane and there is some sleep involved, but the opportunity to catch up in such an undistracted fashion is something that I am thankful for.
Maybe it is just me, and I am well aware that my own sanity is somewhat thing in places, but doesn’t it just sound perfect?
I have a number of books I am taking with me, both paperback and e-book, and I plan to read them all. As for writing, I want to see some big numbers coming in on Highway to Hell III and I have a few editor comments to work on a couple of short stories that I want to submit around.
Granted while I am in Hong Kong I am going to be working my ass off and probably hitting around 16 hour days, that is just part of the deal. It is the offline hours, while I am effectively shrouded from the web’s procrastination promoting powers that I am truly looking to take advantage of.
Being away from the kids for 5 days again will be tough, but it is only a few days, and they will all get presents so I am sure they will not mind that.