Business trips can be a great opportunity to be productive, collaborate with colleagues, and get something done. There are, however, some very basic pitfalls that can negatively impact the productivity and accomplishments on the road.
Some tips for staying productive during business travel include these suggestions:
Pay Attention to Health and Well-Being
Take time to eat well on the road, stay hydrated, and get enough sleep. Depending on where the business trip takes the traveler, jet-lag can really impact your energy level and stamina during these journeys. Ask hotels or inns about in-room refrigerators, and stock up on plenty of healthy, nutritious snacks that you may not be able to find in a restaurant or gas station nearby. Drink plenty of water to hydrate and energize the body’s cells. It really does make a difference in how a person feels each day.
Choose the Right Accommodations
Perhaps the biggest element that can make or break a business trip is the available hotel resources. When staying at an inn with high-speed internet, printers, and even business centers, it will be much easier to stay in the loop with the office, as well as work on any other projects during down-time. Ask about these features before booking, and if internet seems to be a potential issue, invest in a hot-spot data plan for a cell phone or tablet to ensure an always-fast internet connection.
Keep a Firm Schedule
Being on the road can impact the daily routine, so it is important to create a schedule, and to stick to it! Plan the day just as you would at home or work. Take into account the business meetings, seminars, or events planned, but also allot for commuting time, meals, and other commitments, phone-calls, or work. If it is an extended trip, check into simple daily living responsibilities such as laundry or grocery stores in the area, and plan on these basic chores while away.
Designate Some Time-Off
When planning the schedule, don’t forget to allow for some time off, away from the computer, colleagues, and the telephone. Try to get out of the hotel room, take in a sight, go to a show, or treat yourself to a good meal, as an uplifting and restorative break from work. Catch up on rest as needed, but try not to burrow in a hotel room. Get out and see the sights!
Set Some Limits
When traveling, it may become necessary to set some limits in order to curb distractions from others. This may include preventing numerous family phone calls by designating a specific day and time for a family call, or dealing with other colleagues pestering about going out or getting together when you really don’t want to take the time. This may also involve setting some limits on oneself, such as avoiding internet distractions when working on the computer autonomously from home or on the road. Identify the potential distractions and pitfalls that may impact your productivity on the road, and start setting limits to curb these situations.
It is possible to be productive on the road, during business trips or travel, though it may take some planning and preparation. Start with a schedule and try to predict those situations or circumstances that could impact your productivity. Brainstorm simple ways to stay motivated, on-task, and undistracted before heading out on the trip.