How to Stay Productive When Travelling

23 April 2019
Shirley Mansfield
Building a Business, Cloud Accounting, Payroll, People

In theory, when you travel with work, you should have time to focus on getting a few things done. In reality, it can be almost impossible to work in a busy airport or on a busy flight. Here are a few tips to help you be more productive when you are on the road.

Plan ahead

There is nothing worse than starting a piece of work and realising that you need WiFi because the document you need is in the cloud, or that the battery on your laptop is low. Staying productive while you are on the road is all about planning ahead. Download the files you need, take a power pack with you for your devices and hit send / receive in your inbox, when you are on WiFi. Try to avoid relying on in-flight WiFi – it is generally slow and frustrating.

Make the most of being away from the office
If you are in an airport lounge or on a busy flight, put on headphones. Listening to music can help to drown out distractions and allow you to focus. If you need to write a business plan, sometimes it can be good to do so while sitting on a plane, away from interruptions, phone calls or emails. If you are driving rather than flying, maybe you can do a few calls (hands-free of course). When I drive I like to listen to an Audible book or catch up on some podcasts.

In our popular Top Ten Time Saving Tips Blog, we referenced a number of ways to save time and many apply equally when travelling. For example, class your travel time as ‘deep work’ time as you’ll not be interrupted by phone calls. No distractions means you can focus on thinking work, planning and strategy.

Don’t forget, you can review your accounts and business performance if you use cloud accounting. Sending invoices, reconciling accounts and adjusting forecasts, scanning receipts and tracking mileage can all be done on your hand held device. If you’d like some help understanding how cloud accounting apps can help you save time, especially when travelling, then speak to your line manager or contact our cloud accounting expert, Gavin Hooker.

Exercise

If you are jet-lagged or tired after travelling, some gentle exercise will help re-energise you and get you ready for the day ahead. Many hotels have a gym or pool. If not, a morning jog is a good way to start your day.

Don’t forget to rest

Travel can be exhausting. Make the most of being away and get some sleep in a hotel room. If you are travelling through the night, try to get at least a nap. If you need to work, maybe focus on simple tasks like clearing email, when you are too tired to focus on anything complex.

A little forward planning can prove to be productive when you’re travelling. What about your team who also travel, could they be more productive?

If you want to get your business onto the cloud so that you can work on it whilst your away then contact Gavin Hooker to discuss how we can help you stay productive when travelling.

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