If you’re a frequent business traveller then you’ll know all about the struggles of working while travelling the world. From the long and exhausting flights, to the constant jet lag - staying productive on a business trip can often be a mission. However, there a a few ways to plan ahead to ensure your next trip is an efficient and productive one.
Take note of these 5 tips that’ll help you stay on track on your next business trip.
1. Create a business trip checklist
Nothing ensures productivity like a good old checklist. Make a list of all the things you need to complete while on your trip on your phone. Include anything like proofreading a report, double-checking a meeting time, or replying to an email. Having an easy-access list prepared ahead of time will help you stay on task, and ticking those tasks off will make you feel productive and ready to do the next thing on the list.
2. Make use of your waiting time
Flight delayed, or simply got to the airport early? Make use of your waiting time by plugging in and working. It’s easy to find power outlets in airports, and many have charging stations designed to help people stay productive during their downtime at the airport. With the airport’s free WIFI you can make a head start on your business trip checklist and begin ticking things off so you have less to do when you actually get to your end destination.
3. Keep your concentration-needed tasks for the plane
Being in the air and completely unplugged from internet and mobile services can give you the ability to stay focused without distraction. If you’ve got bigger tasks like writing a report, making presentation slides, or proofreading, the plane is likely to be the best place to do it. It’s the easiest place to avoid distraction and get those tasks that need full concentration done and dusted off your list.
4. Keep cloud-based files
Nothing is more annoying than finally being in the zone to get work done, only to find you’ve left the file you needed on your desk, or on a USB drive you’ve forgotten at home. Keeping cloud-based files that are available on a program online means you’ll be able to access your files from anywhere in the world. You won’t have to worry about forgetting any of your files if everything is easily accessible online.
5. Take the time to relax and recharge
There’s no point trying to be productive if you haven’t had the time to relax and regain some energy. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself while on your business trip as it’ll help you recharge and be your most productive self later. Schedule in some time to explore your surroundings and enjoy what the destination has to offer.
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