Whether you work in franchise PR, lifestyle PR or food and beverage PR, you probably have to travel for a client. Recently, I’ve been traveling quite a bit for a client based in Baltimore and I know how hard it is to stay productive when you’re on the road, especially when the WiFi on the plane and/or train is almost as slow as dial-up. Listed below are some of my top tips to staying productive when you’re traveling!
- Make a list of your top priorities/deadlines three days before you travel
- I usually try and complete my top priorities before I leave, so I’m not worried about missing deadlines when I’m traveling.
- Notify your team(s) 48hrs before you travel
- Let them know what days and times you will be unavailable/unresponsive. I usually recirculate my schedule to my teams the day of as a reminder.
- Download items to your desktop
- This is the easiest way to stay productive when you’re traveling because you don’t need to rely on schlocky WiFi, you can work directly from your desktop
- Set up delayed delivery for your pitches
- Learning how to use delayed delivery honestly changed my life. It helps you stay on track of pitching without even thinking about it. I usually set mine a day or two before leaving for my trip and forget about them.
- Make a list of follow-ups upon your return
- I always make a list of items I need to follow-up on when I get back from my travels. Whether it’s my pitches, projects I’m working on, or admin work, I make sure I have my to-do list ready for when I get back into the office.
- Have a good playlist
- This is important because it can get loud on trains and planes, so you want a good playlist to keep you focused on whatever work you’re trying to get done.
These are just a few of the tips that help me stay productive when I’m traveling. Hope you can put these to use when you’re on your next business trip!