Tips for Staying Productive on Business Trips

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Whether you view busi­ness trips as a fun change of scenery or a nec­es­sary drudgery, these get­aways offer plen­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ties to be pro­duc­tive. There’s no rea­son to slack on your to-do list or waste time scrolling Face­book while you’re away, and Inc​.com con­trib­u­tor Robin Camarote believes it is pos­si­ble to get all of your must-do’s done while away from the office. In her arti­cle, she shares sev­er­al ways you can stay pro­duc­tive while on the road:

  • Down­load before you head out. Make sure that any­thing and every­thing you may need is downloaded–you nev­er know when you may run into spot­ty WiFi and won't be able to access a report or itin­er­ary.

  • Dis­con­nect. Now that you’ve got every­thing down­loaded, take a few moments (like on a train or wait­ing in the air­port) to dis­con­nect and just focus. “I'm always amazed at how much progress I can make on client assign­ments that require a lot of think­ing and writ­ing when there are no elec­tron­ic dis­trac­tions,” Camarote writes. “It might be worth try­ing for at least one leg of your trip.”

  • Grow your skills. Before leav­ing, down­load some edu­ca­tion­al pod­casts, TED talks–anything that you can take in that will leave you inspired and edu­cat­ed. Jot down notes dur­ing each to revis­it more in-depth when you return.

  • Prac­tice net­work­ing. The hotel, the airport–even the taxicab–all pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties to intro­duce your­self to some­one you don’t know and get to know him or her. Not only will you be hon­ing your net­work­ing skills, you also may come across some con­tacts who could be valu­able in the future.

So, whether you're a sea­soned road war­rior or some­one who only takes a trip or two a year, remem­ber that busi­ness trav­el can offer some great oppor­tu­ni­ties for pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. Whether it’s dis­con­nect­ing to tack­le a client issue or brush­ing up on a new indus­try pod­cast, make the most of your trav­el time!

Jessica Helinski

Jessica Helinski

Jes­si­ca is a senior research ana­lyst for Sales­Fu­el focus­ing on sell­ing to SMB deci­sion mak­ers. She also reports on sales and pre­sen­ta­tion tips for Sales­Fu­el and Media Sales Today. Jes­si­ca is a grad­u­ate of Ohio Uni­ver­si­ty.