Traveling for business can be fun – it’s a great way to see the world and experience the different cultures of your partners, coworkers, and clients. However, it can also be a big drain on your productivity if you’re not prepared. Here are a few ways you can maintain your productivity while you’re on the road.
1. Setup an email auto-response or out-of-office message – if you’re constantly traveling, you may be tempted to skip this. However, a properly created auto-response can help funnel inquiries to an assistant or coworker who may be able to respond more quickly than you. It can also set proper response expectations for your contacts, freeing you from the urge to respond immediately.
2. Choose a hotel with the right amenities – instead of looking for a hotel with a great pool or on-site sauna, look for hotels with an on-site office center, dry cleaning, or other business-centric offers. Being able to work properly and have the support you need will help you feel more relaxed in the long run.
3. Keep an ethernet cable in your bag – don’t gamble on the hotel WiFi – it may be a slow connection, or you may not get a strong signal in your room on the 20th floor. Most hotel rooms have an in-room ethernet port, and a wired connection is usually much more stable, reliable, and faster than wireless. A 6-foot ethernet cable won’t take up much room, but it’ll give you enough slack to get comfortable while working.
4. Use TripCase – OK, so this is a bit of an obvious one, but TripCase can keep you focused on work, since you won’t need to waste time shuffling through various confirmation emails or worrying about whether your flight is delayed or on time.