It is a known fact that traveling for business purposes can take up a lot of your time which, in turn, can really affect your productivity. It is easy to slack on work, drop your habits and slip up on activities that could unnecessarily waste your time.
Whether you’re a veteran or a novice when it comes to being a “road warrior”, we present you seven time management tips that can help you increase the efficiency of your business trips.
- Smart Packing
Although it may not seem that important at first glance, try not to leave packing till the last minute. It should be done at least 24 hours in advance as, when in a hurry, chances are very high you will forget important documents, chargers and miscellaneous things.
Another thing that should not be overlooked even though it might seem obvious is to bring with you only what is essential such as:
Passport, ID and any visas.
Laptop, tablet, phone and their respective chargers.
For a more efficient packing process, frequent travelers are advised to make themselves a checklist for their bare minimums.
- Cloud Syncing
If you want access to the latest versions of your documents across all computers, then you must invest some time into having your files and documents synced up through “the cloud”. Imagine being on the road and suddenly realizing that the only copy of the important document you had to print is on your desktop computer at home.
A simple and, best of all, free solution is offered by Dropbox, a file hosting service that allows you to store files in the cloud and supports multiple platforms.
- Combat Jetlag
When crossing multiple time zones you might have to deal with jetlag which can be a huge waste of time. That is why we recommend switching time zones the day before or on the day of your travel so you can easily adjust to the new time zones.
So, if you want to adjust more effectively once you arrive at your destination, you will have to go to bed earlier or stay up longer.
- Internet Access
If you want your trip to be a comfortable one, make sure you will have Internet access. Forget about WiFi networks as they are not reliable; if you want to have worldwide access, purchase a USB dongle with credit. Your phone’s data plan should be enough for domestic trips, especially if you can tether it to your tablet/laptop.
In today’s world, the only reason for not always being connected would be finding yourself in a remote part of the world.
One of the challenges you will be facing when you’re on the road is not getting enough sleep and having jet lag only makes it worse. The best way to stay energized while traveling is to take a 20-30 minute nap as it can make a big difference to how you feel.
An eye mask is highly recommended as it will help you fall asleep faster by covering your eyes from the light (your brain will be tricked into producing melatonin – the hormone that helps you fall asleep) and earplugs as well for blocking the noise.
- Uninterrupted Time
It is no secret that you get the most work done when there are no interruptions but, as you are probably aware, uninterrupted time becomes a scarce commodity when traveling. Take advantage of every chance you get for having uninterrupted time as it is vital. You will not believe how many little sessions you can find if you are really looking for them.
Although the time slots are little, they can help you get a lot of work done (just think of the 25 minutes needed for the Pomodoro Technique and how effective it is).
- Maintain Your Habits
It is important to maintain your routines even when traveling and, as such, treat transit time as normal working hours. You should continue working the same amount of hours as always, especially if you are on a plane as air travel is a great opportunity for catching up on stuff and getting work done.
One of the travelers’ biggest challenges is maintaining their eating habits as much as possible and sticking to their exercise schedule. By carefully researching if a gym is at or near your hotel and if any (healthy) restaurants in the area match your eating habits, you’ll be more prepared, your chances of keeping up your habits will be a lot higher and will also save you a lot of time.
If you want to get work done while on the road, then driving yourself or riding in the back of a cab is not an option. Cabs lack both comfort and privacy so you won’t have any chance of utilizing your ride for relaxation or productivity.
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