Many an employed person will be required to do work while traveling, or be required to travel because of work. And if you don’t have a system in place where you can get things accomplished, you can really get into trouble fast, simply because there won’t seem to be enough time to do things that way that you regularly do.
So, five specific tips when it comes to working while traveling are gong to include making sure that you organize your proposal documents in advance, get enough sleep, keep enough battery supplies, expect delays on every part of your journey, and create an availability schedule for clients and bosses to look at.
Organize Your Proposal Documents
Generally, if you’re traveling, there will be someone at your destination that you have to propose some business concept to. And because of that, make sure that before you leave, you understand all of the details of your proposal, and then you have all of the documents organized accordingly. These days, that most likely means that you’ll be putting all of the important things somewhere secure on the cloud that you can reach through any of your devices.
Get Enough Sleep
What good is traveling if you don’t make a good physical impression on the person at your destination? No good at all! Which means that you need to be at the top of your mental and physical game, which means you need to have gotten a good night’s sleep! Even better, several good nights of sleep in a row is beneficial. If you show up to a meeting haggard and jet-lagged, that’s going to drastically affect how well your presentation is going to come across.
Don’t Run Out of Battery Power
Your mobile devices are you connection to the business world, so the worst thing that could happen is you running out of battery power. So, stock up on portable power and charge all of your battery sticks before you get on the plane, train or automobile. Having no power is not an excuse for not getting work done, even if you’re on the go!
One thing about traveling is that there are always delays. So expect that no matter what you do, and how matter how well you plan, there are always going to be points in the schedule where things don’t happen as quickly as you want.
Create an Availability Schedule
One thing to make sure that you pay attention to how much time you plan on working vs. how much time you plan on having to yourself. To this end, you can make a calendar with your working hours on it. And during those hours, turn your business brain off. You can be a lot more effective when you travel if you have the right balance of professional vs. recreation activities.