Mark Anthony’s #1 tip on planning and creating your travel details is spot on. He suggests mapping out how long the entire trip will take by breaking it down into specific legs of the trip. Create a checklist of key contacts, nutrition needs, technology, chargers/batteries needed, and written goals to achieve during your trip. This is to include a plan of action.
For example, I will be traveling next week for 6 days and have work goals that need to be accomplished by the time I return. How many hours do I plan to work in these 6 days and where will this work be done? What do I need to clean out, organize and prepare for what needs to be accomplished?
First, I like to set a timer and weed through project files, priority files, and any piles that have accumulated due to a busy schedule before I go. Motivation is at its highest prior to a trip. What if I don’t make it back?
Second, I like to review my top priorities and make a list of goals for achievement of the top 3 during my travel. Writing or typing a detailed list leads helps me narrow what I bring with me – what is essential?
Third, is to pack efficiently using the right luggage. One computer case with files, a carryon, and maybe a purse or backpack.
Fourth, debrief upon your return. What worked, what didn’t? What needs to be changed to create the optimum flow and organization for your best work? Make it fun, add music when you can, exercise, eat healthy, and maximize your sleep schedules and schedule a massage:-)
Share your favorite tips for creating optimum work environments while traveling. I’ll give you a report card when I return.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
"Instinctively and naturally, if you beautify your own life, you beautify the life of everyone around you." Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly:Fall 2014. Vol. 25 No.4
Anthony, Mark (11/21/14) http://www.salestraininganddevelopment.com/productivity-and-travel.html