As a successful entrepreneur, there is a good chance that you will travel for your business. While business travel can provide you with a way to make connections, network, and boost your profile, it can also disrupt your schedule.
I know that when I travel, I run the risk of falling behind with my client work. As a result, I take steps to ensure that I am able to be at least a little productive when I travel.
Organize Your Work Ahead of Time
If you are working while you travel, you can get a lot more done if you organize your work ahead of time. Part of my process of getting ready to leave town is deciding out which projects I need to complete, and figuring out what materials I need to get the work done. I prioritize my assignments and gather any research I need ahead of time. A list usually helps me stay organized and ensures that I remain on track during my travels.
Avoid the Internet if You’ll Be Distracted
One of the things I discovered years ago was that I could get a lot done on a four-hour flight. Without the Internet to distract me with Facebook updates and email notifications, I can accomplish almost twice as much as when I’m at home and connected to the outside world.
Today, of course, it’s possible to get Internet access when you’re on a plane or a train. It’s even possible to connect while you’re in the car (I’ve done this in the past, using my smart phone as a hot spot). However, I avoid logging on, even though it’s possible for me. This is because the moment I am connected, it’s too tempting to check a few things. Even research becomes a distraction because it’s so easy to get off track. This is why doing research ahead of time and bringing it with me is such a great help. I can usually accomplish everything I need to do on the flight to my destination, and not have to worry about much else the rest of the trip.
Do as Much Work as Possible Early On
When working while you travel, timing is everything. If you want to get more done, it’s vital that you tackle as much as possible at the outset of your trip. You’re more likely to be focused and energetic at the beginning of your travels, and that means that you are more productive. If possible, do as much work as you can at the start. In the past, I’ve put off some work for the return home, but I usually spend my return flight sleeping. After a business trip or conference, I am usually too tired from the networking (as an introvert, I find it emotionally exhausting) and the events to effectively accomplish anything.
Working while you travel often comes down to advance preparation and the ability to find dedicated time to work on your projects, whether you do it as part of your travel arrangements, or whether you carve out time at the hotel.