Recently I’ve done a lot of work travel.
In less than 30 days, I traveled to five different places, including Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Atlanta, London and New York.
Although it may sound glamorous to travel around the world for work, there’s also a lot of challenges that come with working on the road. Namely different time zones and working hours, staying healthy, finding time to work on other projects and managing to maintain some sort of social life.
I’ve managed to face and overcome all of these challenges over the past few weeks and now I get a nice long break from traveling. But I didn’t want what I’ve learned to fade with the memory of each city. So after five shows, here’s what I’ve learned about how to survive and successfully work on the road.
- Get in the Zone: Unfortunately, all my travel was in a different time zone. But I’ve found the only way to deal with the early start times each day is to get on current time as fast as possible. That means going to bed at 11 p.m. even when it’s only 8 p.m. (or 3 p.m.) in California. It’s hard, but I’ve found a 5-hour ENERGY shot in the morning and Melatonin at night helps me get on a new schedule quicker so I can be more productive during the day.
- Be Wellthy: It’s hard to stay healthy on the road with late nights, early mornings, eating out and drinking at every meal. The best way to combat this is to set some boundaries and goals for yourself. First, always make room for your workout gear. Even if you don’t use it, at least you have the option. Hotels like the Westin even have workout attire you can use if you can’t imagine swapping out your booties for Nike’s. Then plan the days you’re going to work out, and do it! Second, it’s ok to indulge
when you’re on the road, but keep your drinking and eating to a minimum. I like to go by the 2/2 rule; 2 drinks, 2 courses. Don’t feel like you have to order more just because you’re not paying for it. Exercise some self control and you may find you’ll savor your meals more!
- Hustle: You may want to forget about all your other work when you’re on the road, but trust me you can’t. Over the past few weeks, I’ve learned how to multitask and find extra time when there doesn’t seem like there’s any to spare. Whether that’s on the plane, in a taxi, before or after a dinner, I make the most of it. Hustle while you’re on the road so you don’t have to come home to a pile of e-mails and annoyed coworkers. Plus getting things done no matter where you are makes you look like a total rock star.
- Get Social: Missing out on social activities while you’re on the road may be the hardest part about traveling for work. No one likes to be left out, but when you’re away from your friends and family, it also gives you the opportunity to foster and
make new connections with your coworkers and even strangers. Take the opportunity to learn more and have fun with the people you work with. This will help strengthen working relationships and indulge your need to be social. If you’re traveling alone, don’t be afraid to speak up and get to know fellow travelers on a plane, in a restaurant or at a conference or office. You never know who you’ll meet or where the conversation may lead. Connecting with people when you’re in a new place feeds the soul and helps you recharge during or after a long day.
What are your tips for successfully working on the road?