30 Apr 2012

5 ways to remain productive on the go

Whether it’s to meet with customers and colleagues or to attend a conference, travelling for business is both necessary and rewarding.

But it can also be tiring, and time spent in the air, in a taxi or in hotel lobbies is often time wasted, expensive and potentially unproductive and inefficient.

There are strategies however, that can help to turn downtime into time that’s productive.

Here are a few suggestions from the Brennan IT team:

1. Catch up on email

The battery life and portability of tablets and ultrabooks is making computing in the air a much more comfortable experience.

The advantage of composing your thoughts or instructions at altitude is that you can’t be interrupted, so sync your email at the boarding gate and queue messages for sending when you land.

Keep in mind, however, not to make too many business-critical decisions in the sky – cabin pressures are set to around 5,000 feet, meaning you may be a little light-headed!

2. Do your research

Inflight magazines are a good distraction, but to stay productive transfer your business reading onto your device before you disembark.

If those materials are online, use tools such as Safari’s ‘read it later’, Instapaper and Evernote to quickly create a reading list to work through.

3. Create a ‘go bag’

If you’re travelling frequently, create a ‘go bag’ and fill it with everything you need to do business on road.

Include power adaptors for your devices as well as extra cords – even additional (and fully charged!) batteries.

4. Bring your own connection

While airport and hotel wifi is increasingly reliable, a better solution is not to be caught short by taking a mobile connection option with you.

Preferably it’s one that’s integrated with and will seamlessly connect to your business network.

5. Don’t travel

One of the best ways to avoid lost productivity is, of course, to not travel at all.

While much business travel is very worthwhile, video conferencing and other tools are making face-to-face meetings less necessary than they once were. If you can employ these technologies effectively, you can save time, make yourself more productive, and limit your environmental footprint.