How to Get More Work Done When You’re on the Road

According to a 2014 Forbes article, one in four business travelers gets their most innovative ideas when they’re in the air. Although there’s a positive correlation to increased creativity and business travel, a British study shows an adverse effect on productivity due to an unfamiliar environment and lack of sleep. With a few small tweaks to your travel habits, we think you can become a productivity pro! (P.S. You can apply most of these in your office, too!)

  • Are you sure your hotel offers the right tools for the job? It’s nearly impossible to master a productive business trip without the proper sleep or amenities you need to function. Admit it: If you’re an exercise junkie, how happy will you be if you’re completely deprived of your elliptical for two weeks? Do you need a micro fridge to store your girlfriend’s made-from-scratch pie that reminds you of home? You’re not just a road warrior; you’re a person. Having a great place to land will give you something to look forward to on your business trip and help you enjoy the process.
  • Try to line up your goals while in transit. If you get your priorities straight, you’ll have more time for important business when you land. But since most business travelers keep up with meetings and organize their thoughts via tablet, smartphone, or laptop, you’ll need to charge those devices thoroughly before taking off. Avoiding the unnecessary chatter from the neighboring seat gets tricky if your device dies in the first few minutes. Invest in some external battery charges to avert a crisis.
  • A whopping 98% of US travelers credit mobile devices for their multitasking prowess. If you need some digital help organizing your tasks and appointments, try one of these apps (both free and available on either IOS or Android because we’re nice like that). Sunrise looks clean and simple but also opens multiple viewer options for overseeing your schedule. Cal syncs up with your existing calendar, so you don’t have to waste time re-entering appointments. If you’re running late, send a reminder to Cal, and he’ll help you find an Uber or open a Skype call to alert your crew.
  • There might be a dark side to social media, too, at least if you’re part of the 20% of Americans who Facebook even before getting out of bed. If you’re as addicted to social media as most workers, but you have to tackle a big presentation before 5:00, you might have to quit with Cold Turkey. This app blocks the offending social media sites for however long you choose, and it’s quite the commitment–there’s no (easy) way to turn it off!
  • About one-third of business travelers have to run to a meeting immediately, but the rest of you should take a moment to breathe: A good regroup should help you feel charged with energy, or at least enough steam to make it through lunch. Introverts may feel more energized after putting away their luggage or checking out their hotel rooms first thing, but extroverts may need to hang out in the hotel lobby to get drinks with coworkers or check out local restaurants. Other great methods include: hopping in the shower upon arrival, taking a brief walk or nap, or meditating. Whatever you choose, it’s important to start strong.
  • When you turn in for the night, aim for the same time that you would nod off at home. Most articles about jet lag offer this as their front-and-center tip to staying alert because it never fails corporate travelers.

Most importantly, accept help. Why handle the piled-up lodging tasks when you could use a great travel manager to minimize cost and eliminate headache? If your company spends over $250,000 in annual lodging, CLS is the best travel partner you can find. Why? We’ll handle your least favorite chores for cheap and be available to talk whenever you need us. See? Perfect companion.

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