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For those who don’t often travel for business, it may sound like the greatest job imaginable – but it can, in fact, be tedious, and can take a toll on you if you don’t manage your time and workload effectively. The following tips should help you improve efficiency on the road, save time and hassles, and make you more effective at your job.
Plan Your Schedule Carefully
There are few things more embarrassing than running through an airport, out of a cab, up a flight of stairs and into a prospect’s office drenched in sweat. That’s what could happen to you if you’re not careful in planning your schedule. Give yourself lots of time between meetings and phone calls, so you’re not stuck making calls as soon as you walk out of one client’s boardroom.
Beyond meetings, it’s also important to schedule time to finish proposals, reports and complete the actual required work.
Bring All Your Gadgets & Tools
Whether it’s a tablet, phone or laptop, make sure you have everything you need to be effective no matter what the road throws your way. Bring everything you need and double check to make sure you packed it all.
WiFi is a Must at Hotels
It’s hard to believe some hotels still don’t offer free WiFi for guests. Research your hotels or check out online reviews.
Don’t “Over Plan”
Be flexible with your planning, or you could end up stressing yourself out needlessly. This tip isn’t referring to preparation for pitch or presentation, it’s about not over-planning as it relates to where to eat dinner, what time you need to be in bed and what time you need to be in the lobby. Give yourself sufficient time and factor in those few precious minutes for your morning coffee.
Charge Everything, Every day
If you’re going to be on the road, you need to ensure your technology is working at full capacity. Your laptop should be charged when you go to the airport and your phone should be charged, so you’re never stranded. Most hotels have outlets next to the bed – use them and sleep with your devices charging so you can wake up to 100% battery life in the morning. Portable chargers are great, but save them for when you need them most.
Source: Business 2 Community