How to Be a Road Warrior During Business Travel.
From trade shows to client meetings, business travel is an integral part of corporate culture. According to the Global Business Travel Association, 1.3 million business trips occur each day in the U.S. alone. Between the layovers and back-to-back meetings, business trips can be an exhausting experience and a disruption to your normal routine. However, by planning ahead and with the right organization, you can find ways to avoid travel burnout and stay productive.
Here are some helpful tips to make the most of your time while on the road:
1. Know before you go
Brushing up on your destination before you arrive is one of the most important things you can do as a business traveler. Make note of the nearest grocery store, the distance between your hotel and the exhibit hall or the exact location of your client’s office. For trade shows or presentations, determine what supplies you will need and ship equipment and booth materials directly to your destination one week prior. This will make for one less suitcase to lug around the airport.
2. Pack like a pro
Knowing how to pack efficiently for business trips will save you time and stress waiting for your luggage at the airport. Rather than lugging around a large suitcase in a new city, travel light with only a carry-on suitcase and personal item, if possible. If you have a hard time fitting everything in one suitcase, use packing cubes to make the most of your compact luggage. And, don’t forget to pack a laptop or iPad® so you can check emails and knock out some work while you’re away from your desk.
3. Make a to-do list
Before you hit the road, set a list of goals for your trip. Creating a checklist of things that need to get done while you’re away will help you stay productive and in control of your projects. Print out your to-do list on Boise® X-9® Multi-Use Copy paper so you can cross items off your list while on the go.
4. Keep a routine
Business travel is a disruptor to your day-to-day routine, and when combined with jet lag and being in an unfamiliar space, it can be hard to adjust. Try to stick to a routine similar to your usual schedule to help you avoid burnout as you tackle the day ahead. For instance, waking up early and getting in a quick workout is a great way to boost your energy, regulate your metabolism and calm pre-meeting nerves.
5. Set a designated workspace
Your hotel room is your office away from your office. Once you settle in at your hotel, designate somewhere in your room as a dedicated workspace. Also, choose hotel accommodations that offer amenities like an on-site office center. This will save you the hassle that comes with trying to find a printer for last-minute print jobs and help you stay focused on the task ahead.
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