How often do you feel limited by your equipment? Can’t go running because you only have walking shoes. Can’t do the crossword puzzle with a pen. Need to buy _________ before doing _________. Are the tools really the issue? Just because products have come to a high level of specialization doesn’t mean that precision tools are required to start a task or achieve success. Here’s what you need to work online travel.
Start with the first few of Margaret Atwood’s 10 rules for writing:
1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you.
2. Therefore: take two pencils. If both pencils break, you can do a rough sharpening job with a nail file of the metal or glass type.
3. Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do.
While the writing implement is a necessity, other elements can be conjured with some creativity. In fact, Hugh McLeod‘s trademark business card size cartoons started with this make do attitude. Inspiration have even been recorded on toilet paper.
Blaming the equipment is way to avoid getting started. Yet the other day I found myself saying, I need a mountain bike to go trail riding. Well, this video blew that thought out of the water. Tools aren’t limitations, only ideas are. Using tools in novel ways in one of the hallmarks of creativity.
How does this translate into what you need to work online and travel? Well one, packing light with multifunctional travel clothing. And second, to stay inspired to always do more with less, to challenge self-imposed limitations, and remember that the most important tool of all is grit.