You did it! You made it out the door, to the airport, and onto your flight for your business trip. But just because you’ll be away for the next couple of days doesn’t mean that you’ve left it all behind.
In addition to TripSource, your most powerful tool for staying organized while you travel, here’s our top five list for boosting your productivity while you’re on the road.
1. Create a prioritized to-do list just for your trip.
Include not only goals related to your trip, but also a reasonable number of meaningful tasks related to projects back at the office. Build in accountability by telling at least one colleague about your to-do list goals. After you complete an item on your list, be sure you pause to reward yourself.
2. Follow the “two-minute rule.”
Small windows of time inevitably pop up when you travel. Branding expert Steve Olenski recommends that if you have a task that can be done in two minutes or less, do it immediately. According to Olenski, completing the task right away actually takes less time than putting it off until later.
3. Take advantage of wait times.
Whether you’re waiting for an Uber or for the next workshop to start, decide whether to apply the “two-minute rule” or to work by the “batch.” When you have more than a few minutes, batch similar tasks together – like blog writing, email or phone calls — and tackle them as a group. You’ll save time by completing similar tasks at once.
4. Leverage technology.
If you work for a large company, take full advantage of enterprise solutions that keep you in the loop even when you’re out of the office. Small to medium-sized businesses can also benefit from productivity tools like Dropbox, Slack, Trello and WhatsApp.
5. Unplug too.
While it might be tempting to cram as much work as you can into your business trip, be sure you also give yourself permission to unplug. Turn off your device notifications or limit your access to time-wasting websites (if you need help with that, try StayFocusd). Listen to music. Go for a walk. Enjoy a great meal. One of the best methods for boosting productivity on the road is not to overwork.