Thanks to the Internet, we are now more connected to many people around the world than ever before. It’s ever so easy to find international clients online, and the likes of Skype and email allow us to stay constantly in touch with one another. But this does mean that international business travel has slowly been increasing over the years as well. Sure, we can quickly give someone a call in another country for reasonable rates these days, but nothing beats meeting with clients in person. For this reason, many entrepreneurs and CEOs feel like they are constantly on the road. This can be bad news for your productivity. Even if you do try and continue working while you are traveling, you might find that your productivity takes a hit. After all, there will be a whole load of distractions on the road!
But high productivity while you are traveling is still possible. You just need to utilize all of these great tips.
Work Out Internet Before You Go
If you are traveling in the States, then you probably won’t have too much to worry about as the majority of cafes and restaurants have good Internet connections that their customers can take advantage of. So, you just need to find one that has a relaxed ambience, order a coffee, and then get to work. However, things might not this easy when you are abroad – you might find that not all the cafes you go into have WiFi. So, it’s a good idea to plan in advance how you will stay online as often as possible. If you know that you will struggle to find fast internet in cafes, then it could be worth buying a dongle to keep you connected on the move.
Keep A Notebook And Pen Handy
You should always plan for the worst-case scenario, and that is probably being stuck without any internet! Therefore, you should always have a backup plan that will allow you to continue to work when you can’t get online. Remember to pack a paper notebook and pen in your bag and keep them with you at all time. You can then pull out your notebook to scribble down some notes or reminders for when you do get online. Don’t forget to also keep your clients’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers written down either in your diary or this notebook. You then don’t have to worry about not being able to access this info when you can’t get online.
Find A Coworking Space
Thanks to the hipster community, coworking spaces now have a large presence in most big cities around the US, Canada, and the UK. They are also spreading to Europe and most European capital cities will have office spaces that offer the chance to hot desk and rent out meeting rooms for the day. It’s a good idea to take advantage of these facilities if there are any in your travel destination. One of the best things about these kinds of spaces is that they are often more than just offices to rent. If you take a look at the likes of Level Office, you will see that coworking spaces offer a great community to traveling business professionals. So, you will also be able to take your breaks in the buzzy coffee shops and take part in the various social events that the spaces host.
Put A Playlist Together
Do you find it difficult to work in busy spaces because of all the noise? Don’t worry; most of us do too, you certainly aren’t the only one! One way around this is to pop your headphones in and drown out all of the noise around you with some of your favorite music. Make sure that it is music that can really get you in the zone and in the mood for work. It’s a good idea to put your own playlist together so that you can be sure all the songs in your play queue are going to keep you motivated while you are working. Ideally, your playlist shouldn’t have any music with lyrics as they can be quite distracted – you might get wrapped up in the story of each song! Instead, go for some ambient or classical music.
Don’t Forget Power Adaptors
When you are traveling to a different country, you will need to remember to pack your international power adaptors. If you don’t have these, then you won’t be able to plug in your various devices and charge them up. You could end up without any juice a lot and that will put you in a really difficult situation! You might have to buy a whole new power cable in your destination so that you can charge everything up. That will be very expensive, trust me. So, whatever you do, do not forget to pack all your international power adaptors so that you can keep your tablet devices, laptop, and smartphone fully charges when you are out and about.
Don’t Lose Track Of Time Distances
You might end up crossing a few different time zones when you are away traveling. This can be very confusing as it could put you closer to or further away from your clients timewise. Make sure you plan these time zone changes before you leave on your travels. You then don’t have to worry about disturbing your client by calling him or her at a time when they won’t actually be in the office. Don’t forget that these time zones changes will also affect how you communicate with your own office back home. Thankfully, most smartphones will track time zones for you and they will update their own time whenever you cross into a new zone. Thanks to this, you don’t ever have to worry about losing time of where you are. You can also download time zone apps that keep you informed of what time it is in your client’s time zone.
Hopefully, all of these tips can help you get plenty of work done when you are away traveling!