Traveling for work is more common than ever. Those who have been doing it for years know there’s a certain art to jet setting efficiently and successfully. But whether you’re a novice or an expert, here are a few tips that can help you become more efficient with getting work done during business trips.
1. Being prepared & organized
This is primarily true for newer business traveler. It’s something that has probably developed over time for seasoned travelers. Being organized is the key to saving tons of time throughout your days of travel, freeing up opportunities to get more work done and even getting that elusive sleep that you’ve been trying to fit into your schedule.
It all starts at home, before you even leave for your trip. Make sure to pack well in advance so that you’re not starting off deprived of sleep from packing just hours beforehand. Also, try packing your carry-on bag with your transit in mind. If you plan to do some work on the flight then have your iPad or tools of choice easily accessible so you’re not digging around for them all flight long.
Many travelers also recommend having a checklist of tasks for idle time. It could consist of little things that you need to do like calling a repairman or anything you can take care of while waiting. Having a list of those tasks is essential to remembering them and being able to knock them out. Of course, don’t forget about basic travel preparation like having your ID/Passport and tickets handy, your phone and tablet charged, and all of your necessary items packed. Being organized is probably the best productivity booster to mention.
2. Get Connected
When going through terminals, sitting on planes, and working in and out of hotel rooms, it helps to streamline your working experience. Luckily, there are plenty of tools available that allow you to do just that.
The first step of that process is having the right selection of electronics to get the job done. Phones, tablets, and laptops can all be synced to give you seamlessness when working across multiple devices. Apple and Google (Android) are, of course, the best when it comes to phones and tablets. Keeping with one brand tends to offer the most convenient experience but it’s possible to mix and match Apple and Google (and others) if you prefer.
There are also apps that offer improved functionality. Evernote and Google Keep are among the long list of optional tools available. Use them to access your notes, documents, and more wherever you go.
Believe it or not, one of the best ways to have a more productive traveling experience is not to focus on work the whole time. Of course, if you have a two-hour flight and only three hours to put a presentation together then work away, my friend.
But, if you’re staying in town for a couple days, be sure to step away from the Starbucks or lobby hotspot for a while. Getting away from work is all about allowing your brain a chance to recharge so that you’ll be more effective when you get back to work. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to do as long as you’re not thinking about your job. FaceTime your family, grab dinner at a nice restaurant . . . it doesn’t really matter. Just get away for a bit!
One of the best options for an escape is to exercise! In general, exercise is great for you so why not add it to you travel routine. When you’re preparing for the trip, be sure to pack workout clothes so you can hit the hotel gym or take a stroll around the neighborhood.
Get to it
No matter what apps you download to stay connected or how you choose to take breaks from your work, figuring it out before you get on the road can be the difference between staying on task and falling behind. Managing your time while you navigate terminals, highways, and hotel lobbies is essential to making the most of your business trips. And, taking advantage of all the tools available will help to accelerate that process. So, plan ahead, browse the App Store, take breaks, and enjoy your travels!