When you have to travel for work, it can be a big interruption to your work week. Most entrepreneurs have to travel for their business at one time or another. You may have to meet a potential client, have your annual meeting with your biggest client or there might be a conference that you are attending to help your business succeed even more.
The problem with traveling for these great reasons is that it can disrupt your entire work week and make managing your time difficult. You are losing full days in the office which throws your whole routine off. A new time zone can screw up your sleep patterns and energy level which makes it difficult to get back into the groove or work from afar. There are some tips you can use to make traveling for a work much simpler and effective. Here is a look at how to make the most of your trip and to lessen the burden on your week.
Use your flight to the full extent
You were probably hoping to grab a nap or catch up on your book during your flight but you can use the time much more wisely by getting some work done now. Tackle your work to–do list just like any other work day instead of indulging in the on-flight movie. Your most productive time of day are in the morning and ironically, time spent on a plane.
You have nothing to do and very little to be distracted by, so this is a great time to work on emails, write that report or check on the budget. You’d be surprised how much work you can get done on a plane compared to your own office because the phone won’t be ringing, your staff won’t be knocking on the door to speak to you and you won’t be thinking about other things you could be doing because of the solitude that airplanes force on travelers.
This is also a great time to do an extensive reading, writing or planning because you can brainstorm and get the most creative right now. Watch a movie after a full day of work and travel as your reward.
When you are traveling, it’s important to find ways to help with your energy levels. Fueling up your energy when going to a new place is really important. It’s harder to stay healthy when going to new restaurants, to a new time zone or when your sleep, exercise and diet routines are disrupted. Make sure you eat healthier on the road than you’d like to because it will help with your energy levels for pitching ideas at your meeting or networking at a conference. Keep energy bars handy and get a great night sleep when you can.
Speaking of networking, you should definitely keep business cards with at all times. You may sit next to someone on the plane that would love your product or service and you may run into someone at the airport that you’d love to do business with in the future. It’s easy to think you don’t need the business cards when you are in the middle of traveling but you never know who you might meet.
Keep them in your pocket rather than your suitcase to remind you about them always. You may even meet a potential client or vendor in line for the taxis or at the hotel lobby.
Lastly, make sure you’ve told your clients you will be leaving town. Set up an automated out-of-office response with information on how to contact you and send quick responses when you can because your clients will see this and notice how important you consider the relationship. These tips will make travel a much better experience that doesn’t have to interrupt your whole week’s productivity.