In our day and age, many business travellers will relate to this. You go on your business trip and you’re all excited about being in a new place with a fancy hotel room and the ability to squeeze in some fun by going on sightseeing tours or checking out some local attractions.
At the same time, you have a tight schedule and a long to-do list that you need to deal with.
Being both productive and having fun at the same time can be sort of a challenge. Here are some tips to make sure that you get more done:
1- Pick a business-oriented hotel
There are many fun hotels out there, but business-oriented hotels that target business people are designed with the business traveller in mind.
A good business-oriented hotel will have:
- Free good speed Wi-Fi
- A desk or workspace in the room
- A business centre with a scanner and printer
- Small meeting rooms that you can rent by the hour (In case you need it)
2- Location, Location, Location
Make sure that you have all the addresses you’ll need for your meetings and appointments and use Google Maps or Mapquest to locate them, then use the nearby function to check for hotels in the area (Of course your travel agent can do all of that for you).
The goal is to limit your commute and have more time in your day. A bad choice of hotel can lead to a lot of fun and work time wasted in a cab or on the subway.
3- Make sure that you have your tools and gadgets ready
Most people will need a laptop/tablet and phone with an international plan or a local SIM. Make sure that you have the right adaptor for the country you’re visiting (or else you wouldn’92t be able to charge your gadgets when they run out of battery power).
4- Use your phone to reach Zero Inbox
E-mail is one of the biggest time wasters for many of us. We can spend all day swamped with emails which while travelling could not only make you less productive but also you can use any commute time or waiting time anywhere to deal with your emails during wasted time (Wouldn’t be wasted anymore).
5- Schedule your social media in advance
Maintaining your social media accounts is important for business, however it could be a big challenge when you’re travelling.
Using one of the social media scheduling services like HootSuite or TweetDeck can help you plan your posts for the whole day in advance. Spending 10 minutes on that in the morning before leaving your hotel will save you a lot of worry and distractions throughout the day.
6- Manage your online interactions on the go
But we all know that social media is much more than scheduled posts. It’s all about nurturing those relationships with clients and partners.
That cab ride on your way to the meeting, that wait at the restaurant for your business appointment to show up, that wait for the presentation to begin are all good times to handle those interaction through your smartphone or tablet.
7- Delegate as much as possible before the trip
I know many of us business people like to be in control and struggle with delegation to a certain extent, however before your business trip is always a great time to delegate as many tasks as possible to your staff.
8- Use your flight time to your advantage
Many airlines still don’t offer Wi-Fi on board their planes. If that’92s your case, you can use this to your advantage by taking the time to focus on any important documents, blog posts or presentations you need to work on without and get it out of the way without being distracted by being online.
You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done.
Do you have any other tips that you’d like to share with us? Please do!
*Image Source: orcmid (Creative Commons)