Being on a business travel is an awesome experience. You get to visit different places but still feel accomplished in the end. You are doing something to help a business and also get paid for being on that trip. Overall, business trips are a unique opportunity and if you are on it, you should make the most out of the experience.
The only problem with business trips is that you are too consumed with the idea that you are going to meet a lot of people and there are details you need to take care of. Worse, this is just an extra part of your daily job and you end up with backlogs when you get back to the office. The worst of them all is when you end up not accomplishing what you were set out to do on the said trip. Here are some tips to actually get things done while you are traveling.
Be particular with the travel time
Always choose flights or local transportation that schedule that will give you enough time to rest or get things done during the day. Avoid doing reservations just because you are trying to save money. For instance, if you can take a bullet train that allows you to arrive at your destination faster than a regular train, go for it. When you arrive early, you can spend time to rest and still have enough time at night to work. The same thing is true for booking flights. It would be better to fly during the day and sleep at night upon arrival so you can have the next day accomplishing a lot than flying overnight and do nothing the next day because you could barely open your eyes.
Make the most out of layovers
You might want to avoid layovers when booking flights so you can work well after arrival at your destination. However, you just could not avoid it especially if there are not a lot of flights heading to your destination or you have several connecting flights. In this case, check the layover time and decide in advance what you can do during the said time and get things done.
Bring your devices with you
You should have everything with you during the trip. If possible, these gadgets should be in your carry-on luggage so you can easily take them out and keep on working. Find charging stations or bring power banks so you can keep on working when you run out of battery. Research in advance how you can have internet access upon arrival.
Work in advance
This might be a weird tip, but there are things that you can do prior to the trip so that when you go back after the trip, you won’t have a lot of pending tasks that need to get done. Routine tasks that you already anticipate can be done in advance and other paper works that could take your time up when you come back. By then, you can just focus on the business trip related tasks.
It is a huge challenge to finish working while traveling, but if you are focused and you know the right tricks, it can be done.
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