But there’s always a trade-off, because I like to write about interesting things. And not many interesting things happen in my home office. Vast as the internet is, it is not the only source of stories, or the only source of new connections. I need to get out and find such things.
So how to think about this? Despite my frequent vacations (see yesterday’s post), in normal life I find it’s always easier not to do something. Driving into Philadelphia is a minimum hour out of my day beyond whatever thing I’m doing there. Going to New York or Washington adds more time and bother. I went to NYC last Thursday and various logistical snafus meant I got there 2 hours after I intended. I go for obvious things, like if I’m giving a speech. I’m happy to go for that (I am! Now booking for this fall!). It’s more the stuff on the margins. Maybe an event will be worthwhile, and maybe it won’t.
I suspect I am underinvesting in this aspect of work — the getting-out-there-and-meeting-people part of the job. I can’t go to everything, obviously, but I shouldn’t go to nothing either. So how should I decide? How do you decide?