Boosting Traveler Productivity

Business travel has played an integral role in the growth of businesses. They offer the ability for companies to go global, foster meaningful international relationships and provide their employees with experiences that will boost their creativity. For nonprofits, NGOs and other similar organizations, the benefits are even greater. Employees and volunteers can get on ground, personal experience in changing the lives of those around the globe.

Unfortunately, while the benefits are countless, there are some cons to business travel. As the saying goes, you can have too much of a good thing. Studies have shown that frequent business travel could have some adverse effects to travelers. One of which includes burnout.

Have you ever found yourself unwilling to leave your hotel room, constantly jet-lagged, or lacking creativity? You might be burnt out.

Thankfully, there are some ways to boost productivity while on the road. Try some of these tips before and during your next trip.

Plan to travel a day before a meeting
As you can probably imagine, to go from the airport immediately to your next business meeting can be hectic. Instead of having the stress of jumping from place to place, if your schedule permits, ensure your plane gets in at least a day before a big meeting. This gives you, as a traveler, more time to relax, prepare yourself and gather your thoughts, rather than worrying about catching an Uber in time.

Offer ample time for connections
If you’re working with a TMC, they’ll oftentimes be mindful of ensuring you have enough time between flights to be able to rest. If you’re doing travel arrangements on your own, offer at least 60 minutes in larger cities and extend that to 90 if you have gate-checked items.

Try an app
There are plenty of apps out there that are designed to modify your travel experience. Travel + Leisure recently reported on the Timeshifter app that is designed to combat jet lag. Also, try different calendar apps that will house your itinerary all in one place. This will help you to stay organized and sync calendars with your colleagues.

Taking care of yourself is the best way for you to get your energy back up. Schedule in some time for a workout that will get your heart rate up and your creative juices flowing. Business Insider even reported that while working out allows you to reap the physical benefits, it also helps people come up with new ideas.

Katlyn Pierre