Saturday, April 14, 2012

Working Smarter: How to Work Better and Smarter While Traveling for Business

Taking a trip for business can feel a little bit like taking a vacation. You get to abandon the grind for a few days, explore new territory, and make new connections. Unfortunately, traveling for business probably doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to completely neglect the everyday duties of your job. There are still spreadsheets to look over, reports to double-check, and emails to reply to. So, how do you work better and smarter while traveling? Here are some pointers to help you out:

1. Take Advantage of Technology

You can make calls to your employees and colleagues from your smartphone, as needed. Additionally, you can download a remote desktop connection app that will allow you to access your office and home computer from your smartphone or tablet. And you can plug a wireless USB adapter into your laptop, so you have a secure, stable internet connection wherever you go. Technology lets you easily access all the work you need to do. So, there’s really no excuse not to do it.

2. Travel Smart

Taking a flight that stops multiple times probably isn’t a good idea, and neither is relying on taxicab drivers to take you everywhere once you arrive wherever you’re going. Try to book a flight that doesn’t stop anywhere on the way to your destination, or you could consider taking a jet charter to avoid the lines and frustrating wait at the airport. Additionally, it’s usually a good idea to rent a car wherever you’re going (unless you’re going to New York City, of course). Having a car at your disposal will allow you to have more control over where you go and when you get there. The more efficiently you travel, the more time you’ll have to devote to other, more important things.

3. Keep Your Cool

Traveling is inherently stressful. It takes you out of your daily routine and adds quite a few variables you can’t control into the mix. If your flight lands later than you expected, and your hotel pillows smell like mothballs, try to keep your cool. How you react to stressful situations will determine your overall outlook while traveling. It’s a lot more difficult to stay productive or to secure a business deal with a prospective client if you’re fixated on everything that hasn’t gone your way.

Author’s Bio: Logan is a guest blogger who writes about business travel, stress management for entrepreneurs, and jet charter companies that make traveling easier.

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  1. Thanks for this great article Logan. Much appreciated.

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  3. Anonymous11:16 AM

    I do a fair bit of business travel, but it's not usually that much of a problem. I take my Kindle and read during the flight, usually a couple of hours. Worst thing is queuing to drop off bags and pick up bags at the airports.


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