I’m through the worst of what I’m not-so-fondly calling Conference Month, and all of this travel is reminding me of the tasks that await each time I come home and finish unpacking.
- Do laundry.
- Catch up on other household chores: sweep the floors, do the dishes, bake bread, reaffirm my earlier decision that the late-summer lawn is a lost cause.
- Go over my e-mail to see which messages I should have answered three to five days ago.
- Tag and categorize business expenses in Mint, then verify that I didn’t forget to record any cash transactions in the Google Docs spreadsheet I use for that purpose.
- Send LinkedIn invitations to people I met on the trip, assuming their profiles show signs of recent life. (Go ahead, call me a tool now.)
- Throw the latest set of press-kit USB flash drives onto the pile.
- Scan business cards into Evernote.
- Download, edit, geotag and caption photos, then post them to Flickr (for public viewing) or Facebook (for friends).
- Make sure I got the proper frequent-flyer credit for the last round of flights.
- There’s probably some other chore that should be on this list but that I will only remember when I’m on my way to National or Dulles.
As I write this, there’s a stack of business cards on my desk and several dozen pictures in iPhoto that have not been edited, geotagged, captioned or shared. And I only have five days before my next work trip, the Online News Association’s conference in Los Angeles, so you can imagine how well this is going.
Conference organizers, maybe you could find other months to host your events?