As humans, we’re creatures of habit and take our daily routines seriously. Your weekly morning routine probably starts out something like this: wake up to your early alarm, get ready for work, grab a cup of coffee and you’re out the door.
When you travel for business, your entire routine is thrown off track; you’re in a different place adhering to a set schedule, not your own. To get the most out of your business trip, follow the tips below to help you stay productive when away from the office!
- Create a checklist of everything you need to bring
Everyone knows how hard it can be to live out of a suitcase; you have limited space to pack everything you need for the duration of your business trip. Create a checklist of items you need to pack to ensure you don’t forget anything — business attire, cosmetics, electronics — whatever you’ll need, carefully plan it out to make sure you’re prepared. By packing everything you need, you’re more likely to stay productive and focused on work without worrying about items you forgot to bring with you.
- Pack electronics in carry on luggage
As annoying as it can be, accidents happen and airlines occasionally lose checked luggage. By packing your laptop, cell phone charger and tablet in your carry on, you’ll be prepared for business meetings regardless if your checked luggage gets lost. There’s no worse feeling than being unprepared for a business meeting! Another tip? Pack an extra suit/dress in your carry on so you have a fresh change of business attire just in case the airline does lose your luggage.
- Stay connected to the office
Checking in with the office — even a quick five minute phone call — while on a business trip can help keep your focus while out the office. Staying connected to the office can help make sure you haven’t missed any projects and allow your coworkers to communicate with you regarding project approvals and deliverables. It can be hard for team members to contact you when you’re in business meetings, so checking in with them on a regular basis is an ideal situation for everyone.
- Adhere to your usual schedule as much as possible
Daily routines are important for our overall health and well-being. Try sticking to the same schedules for everyday activities like sleeping, eating and exercising. Our bodies are like clockwork; by waking up and going to sleep around the same time as your usual schedule, you’re more likely to be well-rested during the duration of your business trip, allowing you to stay focused and productive. Schedule exercise and social activities around your normal schedule on your business trip to make sure you’re not thrown off track.
- Organize your transportation service ahead of time
Are you renting a car yourself or relying on transportation services to get you to your business meetings? Planning your rides in advance will give you peace-of-mind knowing it’s one less thing to stress about and will allow you to focus solely on work. There’s nothing worse than calling a taxi or an Uber and having them show up late, getting you to your meeting late. We cringe at the thought!
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- Find a temporary work space
In-between meetings and need to respond to emails or finalize a presentation? Find a space where you can focus on work and be productive. Whether that’s the lobby of your hotel, a coffee shop or local restaurant, finding a temporary work space can help boost your productivity levels, helping you stay focused.