When you go on a corporate travel, one of the keys to improving performance is knowing how to optimize the time invested. The fact is, however, that periods of dead time are unavoidable. With this is mind, let’s look at how we can make the most of these periods.
On the way to your destination or waiting for your train at the station, as a corporate traveller, there are times that feel that you are wasting your time. However, in fact, this dead time can provide an opportunity to reflect on your goals or simply to take a much-needed moment to relax.
Focus on a project
Long waits in the airport can be used as the ideal time to focus on a special project. It may or may not be related to the reason for your corporate trip. Perhaps it is a good time to go through the notes of a presentation or the final details of some venture. You should bear in mind that there may be some difficulties to connect to the internet on some forms of transport, and take material that lets you work offline.
Corporate trips tend to have a regular companion: stress. Therefore, it is extremely important to make sure you get some downtime on your own. Earphones can be your best friend when it comes to getting some rest on an aeroplane. Another great resource are audio books, which enable you to relax and can even provide some inspiration for achieving your professional goals.
If you are a sporty person, there are now lots of hotels that offer a gym to release your stress after a hard day’s work, or to start the day full of energy.
Plan an activity
The line between work and private life is becoming increasingly blurred all the time. As a result, one notable trend in corporate travel is bleisure travel. In other words, business travellers try to make the most of the time between professional appointments on a corporate trip to get to know their destination or stay a few days longer to sightsee. Therefore, before you journey, you can find out about your destination and book an activity that helps you unwind and recharge your batteries.
Make progress with your work
Likewise, these periods of dead time between journeys can be used to make progress with work. For instance, you can gather all the receipts generated over the course of a trip and, if you have a digital travel expense management solution with an app, you can start the process of scanning and ordering receipts on your smartphone.