When you are traveling for work, it can be ard to juggle all your responsibilities against travel time, back to back meetings, and jet lag. To be truly successful in your role you have to be able to really manage your time wisely. If you are just starting out as a business traveler or are a seasoned pro looking for some really effective ways to manage your time on the road, here are some tips to make the most of your time when you are working on the go
1. Use Technology To Its Fullest:
Technology has made work travel easier than ever. If you are traveling a lot, it is a good idea to invest in high end technology so you can be truly productive. A lightweight laptop or tablet, the latest smartphone, and a hotspot or access to mobile hotspot so you always have wifi can make all the difference. Go ahead and invest in the gadgets as well like a stylus, detachable keyboard for your tablet, and a headset. Beyond the hardware, also make sure you have all the necessary software like an Office suite, productivity apps, and file storage, so you can complete any possible task.
2. Learn About Your Destination In Advance:
Taking a minute to learn about your destination in advance can save you a lot of headache. First make sure you pick a hotel near your meetings so you don’t have to waste time commuting across town. Also learn the transportation routes if you are planning on taking the train or renting a car. If you are taking a cab, make sure that you have the information on a local cab company at your fingertips. A few minutes of research before you go somewhere can save you hours when you arrive.
3. Prioritize Your Tasks:
When looking at your to do list, take a minute to organize it by priority. Identify the tasks you need to do immediately and make sure that you have a strategy to get them done. Then identify anything that you need to be in the office for so you don’t waste your time trying to do them on the road. Finally, identify the tasks you can delegate to someone back at the office and go ahead and assign it right away. Laying out your priorities will help you not feel so overwhelmed and will ensure that you are best using your time.
4. Take Advantage Of Downtime:
There’s a lot of downtime when traveling. Wait times at the airport, long cab rides, and even just sitting in your hotel between meetings. Make use of this downtime to make phone calls, send follow up emails, and even work on a spreadsheet. A few minutes here and there of work can save you a lot of headache when you return to the office. Don’t over do it though, if you use all of your downtime to work, you may end up burning out. So just maintain a good balance of productivity and rest.
5. Invest In Time Saving Luggage:
Have luggage with easy access compartments can help you take advantage of your downtime. Instead of rummaging around for your device for a few minutes, if you can easily pull it out, jot down some notes, and put it back, you’ll be way ahead of the game. Time saving luggage can also help you get more time. For example ECBC luggage not only has easy access compartments but our Fast Pass system can help you get through security quicker, so you have more downtime at the gate to get some work done. The time you save is well worth the investment.
These time saving tips will help you stay on top of your game when traveling and make sure that you aren’t overwhelmed with work when you get back to the office. Once you’ve mastered them, being productive on the road will become second nature.
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