Staying productive while you’re on the road isn’t always easy. Not only do you typically have to follow a strict schedule, but you’re limited in the opportunities you truly have to get some serious work done. Between crowded public transportation, loud hotel lobbies, and more, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But don’t worry –Traveling For Work? Here Are Some Helpful Tips to Keep You Productive
By taking a few quick and easy steps, you can optimize your trip to be as productive as possible. Here are just a few simple steps for keeping yourself motivated and productive when you’re traveling.
Traveling For Work? Here Are Some Helpful Tips to Keep You Productive
Give yourself flexibility.
Instead of falling into the trap of scheduling every spare bit of free time for work-related tasks, consider organizing your schedule in less demanding and more efficient ways. For example, make a to-do list for each day and let yourself feel out the right time to complete each task. If you have every free moment of time scheduled with work, you’re only setting yourself up to get overwhelmed, and most likely, fall behind.
Keeping the first tip in mind, it’s important to ensure that all of your work-related data is accessible and ready for action at any given moment. After all, you never know when that burst of energy and motivation will strike. More than half of survey respondents say their organization currently transfers sensitive or confidential data to the cloud, but however you choose to store work files, keep them available at within arm’s reach for when that inevitable moment of creativity and inspiration hits. If you feel the initial burst of productivity but are too exhausted to dig through your luggage to pull out your laptop, it’s a lost cause.
Spend time outdoors.
If the weather allows, try to spend a bit more time outdoors than you normally would. Not only does fresh air rejuvenate the soul, but it’s also more conducive to energy and productivity. Plus, studies have shown that levels of several organics average two to five times higher indoors than outdoors, and when inhaled they can contribute to several health problems. Getting outside for some fresh air while you work is bound to help get those creative juices flowing for maximum productivity.
Make the most of each opportunity.
Even if you’re on a tight schedule throughout your entire trip, it’s important to remain adaptable to various working environments. For example, Americans say they spend an average of 87 minutes a day in their cars, but if you have a long drive to make, don’t think you can’t be productive during that time. You can make phone calls, listen to audiobooks and podcasts, and so much more, which still contributes to your professional development and may make it easier for you to be productive when the right time comes.
This is also the case when it comes to flying. Business people flying on commercial airlines reported a 40% drop in productivity, according to a 2009 survey. So, if you feel as though you’ll be unable to tap into your productive side during your flight, don’t hesitate to take the time to just relax and reenergize for your next destination.
“Know when you need to sleep, or rest, or just stare out the window for a bit. True productivity is all about knowing yourself. You need to know when to push through and when to take your foot off the gas,” writes Nicolas Cole on Entrepreneur.
Business trips come in all shapes, sizes, and forms of transportation. But regardless of where you’re working, it’s how you’re working that really makes a difference.
“Productivity, especially while traveling, is not a sprint — it’s a marathon,” writes Cole. “Pace yourself.”