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5 ways to maintain productivity while travelling for business

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When your job requires a lot of travel, it can really eat into your work time. Here are five tips for making the most of travel time.

For those who rarely travel for work, an international business trip or extended weekend stay in a swanky hotel can certainly seem glamorous. However, those familiar with a demanding travel schedule will warn that fatigue and jetlag often set in right in time to throw any opportunities for productivity off course. From there, it’s an endless struggle to catch up on missed communications, finalize details and keep your work headed in the right direction.

Fortunately, with the advancements in technology, staying productive isn’t as difficult as it once was. With our top five tips, you’ll be on your way to a fruitful business trip like you’ve never experienced before.

1. Plug in and work.

Unlike in the past, when finding an outlet to plug into was difficult, airports today have power outlets – and even USB ports – up and down every aisle of chairs. There are even actual charging stations, perfectly set up to help make your downtime in the airport that much more functional. Now, with the choice between getting work done or running your battery down eliminated, people are finding their waiting time to be extremely beneficial when planned and prepared.

Plus, did I mention free Wi-Fi?

2. Buy a hot spot.

That being said, don’t put all your eggs into one basket of unpredictable technology if there’s work that must get done. With thousands of travelers clamoring for Wi-Fi at the same time, your actual speed of internet may leave a lot to be desired. I recommend always having a hot spot credit on hand to access internet anywhere in the world, at any time.

3. Utilize virtual meetings.

A noon meeting may sound feasible at first when your flight isn’t until 3, but then you remember that getting to the airport early, plus travel time, gives you little to no time to actually hold a successful meeting. Scheduling conflicts happen. Instead of trying to be in two different places at once, utilize applications and programs such as Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom to efficiently hold virtual meetings while sitting in the airport waiting for your departure.

4. Use cloud-based files.

There’s nothing worse than sitting down to finally get some work done and realizing that the file you need is sitting on a desk in your office or on a backup drive at home. With cloud-based filing systems, you can access your files from anywhere in the world, reducing the fear of forgetfulness and ensuring you’ll always be prepared when an opportunity to be productive presents itself.

5. Embrace downtime.

While all of the above tips can help you to streamline your productivity while traveling, it’s important to remember that exhaustion is a real side effect of perpetual travel, and listening to your body should be your guiding compass. When you’re simply too tired to concentrate, or your energy could benefit from a quick revitalization, close your laptop, put down your phone, and simply embrace the time you have to do nothing. Perhaps you could grab a healthy meal to stimulate your senses or set your alarm to briefly meditate or nap. No matter what, the rare moments of downtime you have while traveling can sometimes be better spent doing absolutely nothing than trying to do everything.

Jason Richmond

My ongoing goal of continual growth started with one objective – to learn from everyone and apply those lessons to my life. My life is dedicated to understanding how I can better help others, and that’s why I’ve travelled all over the world. To take a step back, it all started with Dale Carnegie. I took the Carnegie course after three years in Australia and embraced the methods and philosophies behind it. I embraced them so much, in fact, that I dedicated my life to them. I became a partner with Dale Carnegie because I saw the impact the program had on careers around the globe. It was a genuinely enlightening moment in my professional life. In fact, it was a legitimate moment of clarity. This path led me to become a consultant for various organizations, acting as an HR partner as I developed partnerships for my clients. I had the opportunity to travel the world and work with amazing people everywhere. But why Carnegie? My passion is to learn and share what I’ve discovered. It’s to take away an experience from every situation and apply it to my life and the lives of my team members. You won’t learn if you remain stationary, and I want to learn and grow. Ultimately, my position now is a way for me to provide for people and make their lives better. I do so by uniting individuality and fostering outstanding culture. I’d rather be a leader than a pusher because people respond positively to it. After all, if I’m not energized and committed, why should my team be? I am who I am because of because I’ve had the opportunity to be a student of different cultures around the world. I don’t see myself as a CEO. I don’t see myself as an executive. I see myself as a resource for my team and my clients. If I can’t serve them, I’m not doing my job. And if I can’t serve you, I can’t say I’m doing my job, either.

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