If you’re an experienced business traveler, I am sure you have learned many things from your time on the road. You always have to get your work done, so inevitably you’ve come up with your own little tricks and shortcuts to make sure you get done what you need to do when you’re on the road.
If you’re new to the world of traveling for work, I’m sure you’ve already figured out that your work won’t wait for you—you need to stay productive and make the most of your time.
At Baymont Inn & Suites in Mequon, we’ve earned the reputation as the “business traveler’s hotel” and we specialize in weeknight hotel stays for professionals on the road. As such, we’ve decided to put together some tips and tricks we’ve received from experienced business travelers. Certainly these won’t apply to everyone, but if they can help you out, we’re glad.
- Book your transportation wisely—Many times business travelers are tempted to just find the least expensive method of transportation. Maybe your boss has urged you to travel on the cheap to save the company money, or maybe you’re just a bargain hunter yourself and feel good about getting a good price. But while getting a good price can be a great thing, you have to think about the real cost of your choice. If paying a little more for a direct flight means you’ll have more time to work, it might be worth it. If you can take a train that has wifi, you might be able to work the whole time. Your time is worth something, and it’s certainly worth something to your company. Talk to your boss about why a more expensive transportation option may be the smart option.
- Leverage the layovers—Sometimes layovers or other breaks in travel are out of your control. So make the most of them! Instead of getting to the gate at the last minute, get to the airport early. Sure, you may have to wait, but that might mean you have enough time to get something meaningful done. Ten minutes might not be enough time to get out the laptop and get anything done, but in 45 minutes you can knock out that report for your presentation.
- Bring the right tools—We joke about it all the time—how tied we are to our computers and tablets and smartphones, but forgetting one of these essential tools on a business trip can absolutely kill your productivity. Prioritize your packing and pack the “must-haves” first. It’s pretty easy to find a toothbrush on the road if you forget yours. If you leave behind your smartphone with all your travel directions, flight confirmations, and contact information, you might be in trouble.
- Re-arrange your to-do list—Some jobs work better in some situations. If you have an important call to make, don’t do it from the airport where there are overhead pages every 2 minutes. If you have some creative work to do that can’t be rushed and just needs to marinate, maybe do that on a long flight. Whatever the case may be, match the task to the environment.
- Take care of a few extra things before you leave—Even if you are great at planning and budgeting your time, things that are out of your control can arise—especially when you travel. If you have a task or two you can knock out ahead of your trip, just do it. If something comes up, you’ll be so glad you did.
And, it goes without mentioning. Don’t forget to book a quality hotel, like Baymont Inn & Suites in Mequon, where you can get a good night’s sleep and get some work done.