What Happens When You’re Permanently Out of Office?

It’s been a long week this week, having trawled the country, from London Monday to Leicester then Liverpool, on to Birmingham and then London again Friday. OK, so I had a day in the office on Wednesday and therefore shouldn’t complain but it has literally been a week of shooting from one meeting to the next – which of course means that everything else is done on the fly, or out of hours.

Normally, I pride myself on being able to work pretty much anywhere at any time but I guess there is a limit and, highly unusually for me, I found myself on the train home at 6pm yesterday, unable to turn outlook on for the first time in a while. I’ve spent an hour catching up this morning – so normal service has quickly resumed – but this has made me think about what the optimum time out of the office actually is.

Should I try to spend at least 2 days per week in the office? Should I be content if I’m out 5 days per week, knowing that we’re busy which is ‘good’? I strongly suspect that time management gurus would take great issue with the latter. However, that does imply that some of my appointments this week were less valuable than others – which I don’t believe was the case.

So, I’m looking forward to a weekend with the family and more time in the office next week, along with a couple of days pitching and with clients respectively. Hopefully that should make for more of a balance and I think I might have to become a little stricter with myself in terms of diary management moving forwards.

I see that Facebook has finally got around to launching vanity urls this week. Must get around to that before the landgrab gets out of hand…