Have you ever had to go on a business trip? Most people these days, if not traveling every week as road warriors, are taking anywhere from three to five trips per year (at least that’s what I do). As I write this article, I’m on a flight traveling from New Jersey back home to Dallas.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of business trips. It’s okay every once in a while, but I find myself out of routine and I definitely miss my wife and kids. But duty calls every now and then and it’s part of my job. Overall, I prefer to take a positive outlook on business trips, so here’s a list of things you can do to get some fun and productivity out of your next business trip!
1. Catch up on reading.
Two magazines, a book, and my iPad accompanied me on this trip. I was able to find some extra time to read a few chapters in my book, a couple of magazine articles, news and other articles on my iPad. Reading is a great way to fill up travel time!
2. Organize your finances.
You can also spend some time organizing your finances if you have a laptop and use personal finance software. Spend one evening to review your expenses, update your budget for 2013, pay bills or set up a new bill management program like Manilla.
3. Write an article.
If you’re a blogger or journalist, or simply like to write, I find that I have extra time in the evenings in the hotel. I’ll either write an article in my room, or sit in the lobby and spend time in front of my computer writing. You might be surprised by how much you can get done!
Well, I had good intentions here as I packed my running shoes and workout clothes, but it didn’t happen. Not even once. Alright, no excuses, but business trips can be a good time to work out in the evenings or even early mornings before work.
5. Get extra rest.
Uh, I didn’t exactly get extra rest because I stayed up way too late! However a trip away from home can actually provide some extra rest opportunities if you have little ones at home. I use a noise maker app on my iPhone and sleep to rain every night. This drowns out hotel sounds and helps me sleep well. So, there’s no harm in going to bed early one night if you want to catch up on sleep.
6. Learn about a new city.
If you’re adventurous you might consider checking out the city or town you’re visiting. Even small towns have something to see. Ask the front desk about things to see and do – and definitely take time to venture out if you have a rental car. Also, many hotels offer shuttles to nearby attractions.
7. Try new food.
As I mentioned, I’m on my way from New Jersey. This week I enjoyed plenty of Italian cuisine which seems to be a local favorite where I was staying. Depending on where you go, you can probably check out some different types of food and local well-known restaurants.
8. Catch up on work.
Alright, I throw this one out there because it actually can be a good time to catch up if you’re behind on work. I stayed up late one night and added another two hours to my work day to get caught up on tasks, emails, etc. It turns out this was a huge return on investment for me because my email has been extremely manageable since that night and I feel like I have all my tasks in order right now.
So let’s stop complaining about business trips that come up every now and then (or even more frequently). Have a positive outlook and make a plan ahead of time on what you can accomplish with, hopefully, some extra time to yourself!
Aside from work, what do you do on your business trips? Leave a comment!