I have to travel a lot for work, and that doesn’t mean that my work slows down during trips. The work continues to pile on, and I have to be on top of things no matter where I am in the world. I’ve adjusted to this way of life by using some productivity hacks that are essential for working while traveling. From planning to communication and penciling in some me time, this is how I get everything done effectively.
Depending on what type of work you do, a lot of things can always be scheduled before heading out of the office. If you know you’ll be traveling, take the time to front load and plan any content, project, and assignments before your departure. This way your manager won’t have to chase you down for any missing work, because you’ve already taken care of it. If you’re self-employed like me, this will make your travels go by smoothly too.
Download Productivity Apps
Having the necessary apps on your phone can make working remotely so much easier. This can include everything from a chat system to keep up with your coworkers to an app for uploading files to a virtual to-do list. I have a full post on the apps I use to stay productive here.
Make Time For Emails
We all know that our inboxes can get a little crazy during the week. In order to respond to everyone in an effective manner, you’ll have to make time to sit down and read them all. However, if it doesn’t require a lengthy or in-depth response, then it’s better to respond as soon as possible to cross those off of your list.
Take Advantage of Travel Time
A lot of time is spent sitting in cars, planes, airports, etc. when traveling. Rather than just letting the minutes pass you by, use that time to check in with your team and track assignments. This is especially useful for any delayed flight times or longer commutes.
Consider a Personal Hotspot
You’re not going to have internet wherever you go, but that’s where a hotspot comes in. Installing a personal hotspot on your phone can be useful for traveling because it creates a wireless network for you to connect to. You can also connect your laptop or tablet to the web for work that can’t be done solely on your phone.
Make Time to Enjoy Your Trip!
So if you’ve agreed to work while traveling or are traveling for work, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have any fun. Block out times that you’ll be unavailable every day and get back to work once you’ve taken some time for yourself. It’s essential that you don’t overwhelm yourself with work no matter where you are, but if you’re visiting a cool new place don’t ban yourself from exploring it. This is the perfect time to check out any restaurants or excursions that you’ve heard of or have been meaning to check out.