As the final quarter of the year begins, I find myself on the road to a conference that is fast becoming an annual trip for me. It was moved up a couple of weeks from last year, but it serves as a good motivator for me as we get ready for the sprint to the end of 2019.

I’m far from the road warrior that many of my clients are. They often regale me with tales of their travels, some of it amazing international trips to meet with clients. Some even share some tips with me for how to make the most of my travel time. With two offices, my travel is normally contained to the few hours it takes to fly between Minnesota and New York City. This conference takes me off my normal route and down to Washington, D.C. for a little change of scenery.

What to Pack?

As many of my clients know, the biggest challenge for me in packing is what books to take with me. Looking at my bookcase, I have over 40 potential options to throw in my bag (I would take all of them, but I doubt I can knock out that many books over the course of 5 days…). And then there are my notes and other things that I need in case an emergency arises while I am out of the office. But rather than check 3 bags, I have a few hours to pare everything down before I head to the airport.

Some Long Form Plane Reading

Along with the books, I came across an interesting podcast from the Wharton School today on Mindfulness at Work. The discussion about mindfulness caught my attention because our local bar association is focused on lawyer wellness for the 2019 – 2020 program season. For the past 2+ years, I’ve also been adding more mindfulness to my daily life, and the podcast highlighted a nice, long scholarly article “Helping People By Being in the Present.” It’s added to my reading app and I’m looking forward to some quiet time in the air to check it out…

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