Productivity can be a hard thing to master when you’re at home. When you throw days, weeks, and sometimes months of traveling into the mix, it can sometimes feel near impossible. Travel presents challenges of its own.
What airline are you taking? Do you have to shove everything you need into a carry on, or do you get a free checked bag? How are you going to get any work done with limited access to wifi? You’re jetlagged, so how are you going to present at that meeting that is happening as soon as you land?
It’s stressful. It takes some trial and error and you have to find the system that works best for you. If you’re a traveling entrepreneur who is looking for tips on how to be more productive amidst the hurry up and wait culture of airports and business, here are some things you can do:
Pass the Torch
It might be tempting to try and take on all of the responsibilities of the business you’re heading up, but that’s impossible and you’re wearing yourself out doing it. If you’re traveling a lot, you’re already putting a lot of stress on your body, so it’s best that you pass the torch of specific responsibilities onto other people.
It’s important that all is being done to properly market the company you’re representing, but it can be better done by somebody who’s sole responsibility is to do that. When you realize why you need to give up some of the work load, you can start to better manage your time up in the air focusing on other things at hand.
Buy In Flight Wifi
Even if the wifi on your flight is shawty at best, it’s better than having no access at all. Depending on where you’re traveling, you have several hours of prime prep time that might go to waste if you don’t buy in flight wifi.
Think about what you normally do on a flight that isn’t business related. You play crosswords, you sit and think, you idle around wishing that the time would pass so you can get things done. What you don’t realize is that flights are your productivity haven. What else are you going to do on a 5 hour flight but get mentally prepared, organize your note cards, and write proposals?
Some things can get done without access to the internet, but in the world of business, that’s very little. In order to amp up your productivity as a traveling entrepreneur, wifi at all times is a must. This way, whenever you’re in transit you can be on your mobile device sending emails, responding to bids, checking stocks, and making the world go round.