Unless you are hooked up with a Blackberry or Smart phone with data, you probably need to be at your office to catch up on emails and make phone calls. What is the price of that lost time? For myself, a lot of my business connecting can be done by telephone or email. After the initial client meetings, I don’t have a lot of contact face to face with my clients. This is good and bad. It makes me ultimately more productive in terms of lost time while commuting but, as each project continues, it is a step further away from that connection.
I like to balance my personal contact, or face time if you will, with electronic contact. I am a big people person so my trade-off may be a bit different from other people. It is worth the travel time to me to ensure I am in front of a client and not just a disembodied voice. Other people might find the opposite to be the case for them.
Travel time for work has many layers when you think about it. I would imagine that most people tend to think of it simply as getting from one place to another. However, it is all about the connections that are made and missed, both in terms of transport and people.