Working and traveling simultaneously is a fact of life for many people. Yet traveling often cuts into a person’s productivity significantly. The following are some tips to help you be more productive when you’re away on business.
Know your work habits
Be aware of the times when you’re the most productive and when you’re not. Then plan working on the more difficult or pressing work during those times and leave the easier work for the time of day you’re usually not as productive.
Block out Distractions
Cut out the countless distractions that can sabotage your work, including email that can interrupt your productivity. Close your web browser and resist the urge to engage in social media and read articles and any other Internet activities not related to work. Save those for your downtime. If you’re working in a busy coffee shop, wear earphones and listen to classical music.
Find a Dedicated Workspace
Having a dedicated work space puts you into productivity mode, but when you travel this can be more difficult. You can use the hotel kitchen table, but a local coffee shop is often better. Better yet, go to the local library for less distraction.
Set Concrete Work Hours
Trying setting a time limit to get your work done, say 90 minutes, and you’ll be surprised at just how productive you’ll be in that short time, says FreelanceSwitch.com. With a limited time frame, people are often more efficient, since Parkinson’s Law suggests that a task will inflate in difficulty and importance relative to the time allocated to it, the site says.
Keep three lists of three
Zen Habits suggests creating a list that prioritizes work. The first list has three things to be done today. The second is three things you’d like to get done, but aren’t essential. The third is three things that need to be done at some point.