How to Stay Productive and Healthy While Traveling
Travel is notorious for throwing off schedules, wearing people out, and wreaking havoc on productivity levels. And losing work time on a business trip means returning home already behind, which leads to sacrificing time meant for family, friends, or yourself while you catch up.
But frequent business trips don’t have to cause a cycle of putting things on hold followed by long hours getting back on track. Ellen Delap certified professional organizer at the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals spends much of her time advising clients on how to stay productive when traveling. Her No. 1 tip? Get organized.
She explains, “If you are disorganized, your work while traveling suffers. Being organized with your passwords and having easy access to cords designated with labels makes work while traveling seamlessly.”
If you travel frequently, maintaining your energy and productivity levels is not just critical for your professional wellbeing — it’s also critical for long-term physical and mental well-being.
Some airlines are catching on to this struggle. United Airlines, JetBlue, Swiss Air, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific, for example, all offer digital meditation services such as meditation and stretching exercises as part of their in-flight entertainment options.
The downtime caused by bad Wi-Fi connections, dead batteries, and time in the car can be frustrating with so much to do. But this space is perfect for relaxing or expanding your mind. Read a novel or listen to an audiobook, do thought exercises, or make pros and cons list about a tough decision coming up.
As NAPO organizer Laura Kavinski explains: “Self-care is not a luxury. You will not be able to be who you need to be and do what you need to do if you don’t put yourself first. This can mean saying no to that glass of wine, going for a walk, or even staying three more minutes in a quiet bathroom stall before going to the next thing.”
This is the attitude of a woman who travels constantly for work. Last year, she traveled to Dallas, to San Francisco, back to Dallas, to traveling Amsterdam, to the NAPO17 conference in Pittsburgh, and to Chicago. With this amount of travel, productivity and wellness can’t be put on the back burner.
Fortunately, there are a number of simple strategies that can help you structure and organize a travel routine that not only ensures high productivity but also contributes to your health and well-being.