If you’re travelling for business, no doubt people will think you’re just going on holiday. However, you know you’ve got work to do and people to meet. You can go over with the best of intentions, thinking you’ve now got plenty of space and time to work only to find you’ve not got as much work done as you’d like.
It can be difficult to keep focus when your surroundings suddenly become more interesting. Not having a working day structure can end up throwing you off. So how do you stay productive when travelling for business?
Make use of dead time
Travelling takes a frustratingly long time in a lot of cases. However, this is time you could put to good use. If you’re waiting in an airport or train station, then prepare to dip into work in these handy time slots rather than waste them on watching the clock. Make a list of small tasks that you can do when you find one of these moments.
Research where you’re going
If you need to be connected to the internet, make sure you’ve got a place to stay that can cover that. It’s worth investing a little extra for internet or other facilities that you might need so you’re not left without. Alternatively, research the local area for internet cafes or libraries where you can get online and get some work done.
Schedule your work
Scheduling your working hours similar to your usual ones will help you stay on track. Set yourself targets for each day and break them down into manageable steps to cut down on procrastination.
If you’re travelling a long distance, then you should prepare for jetlag. Read up on tips on how to reduce the effects so it doesn’t disrupt your trip too much. Make sure you get a good sleep in before your flight, avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Plan for tech needs
Chances are you’re going to be bringing some tech with you to do business, whether it’s your smartphone or a laptop or tablet. If these are going to be used every day and on the move, then as well as Wi-Fi, you should also think about bringing chargers or backup batteries with you.
If Wi-Fi is going to be a problem, then remember to download any important documents so that you can access them offline.
Take breaks and explore
If you’re somewhere you wanted to visit anyway, then a business trip doesn’t have to get in the way completely. It’s important to take breaks while you’re working. This is where having structured working hours helps.
Treat it like a reward system, if you’ve completed your work for the day, had an important meeting, then treat yourself to an evening out in the city.
Have you got a business trip coming up? What are your plans to stay on track? Let us know!
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