Have you ever been on a business trip & found yourself watching hours of TV on the plane when you should be focusing on a new assignment? Or maybe you’re currently traveling the world & are unable to focus on your ambitions due to the sheer beauty of the destinations in which you find yourself immersed within.
Before you know it, the day is over & you go to bed feeling depressed due to a lack of accomplishments. This is what happens when you are unable to manage your time effectively whilst working remotely around the world.
Due to the different timezone, the lack of a schedule, and an occasional lack of communication whilst traveling, it’s easy to get caught up in the new location or to escape from reality with a bit of Netflix. We’ve all been there.
So here’s what’s gonna happen: I’m gonna give you some practical advice, and hopefully you’ll be able to execute on it in order to give you a better sense of time management whilst working remotely at an airport or on an airplane.
At the start of every single day, write down several goals that you would like to achieve. As an example, I aim to record 3 podcast episodes & schedule meetings with connections in Dubai so that I’m prepared for my trip there next month.
Schedule your day.
Most of us do this anyway. But whilst traveling, things can unexpectedly occur that throw your entire plans up in the air. There’s been countless examples of me trying to schedule important calls with people upon landing — only for my plane to be several hours delayed. If it hasn’t happened to yet, there’s a strong chance it will at some point. Creating a schedule is important. However, provide contingency plans for certain scenarios such as Flight Delays or missed connections in order to add an essence of flexibility into your day.
Find a good location.
This is the reason I like to opt for business class (when possible), and why I have a Priority Pass that enables me to get into a lot of airport lounges around the world. Working in a comfortable environment is absolutely fundamental to productivity as it allows you to stay calm, and stress-free whilst working remotely on a business trip. Plus if you’re in the air for 12+ hours, being connected to everyone on the ground can provide seamless communication between relevant parties. Time is money.
By listing your priorities and providing a relatively flexible schedule to your day, it allows you to stay on top of things whilst maintaining control of your workload. Even if you are constantly traveling, there is (almost always) enough time in the day to get things done. The issue that many people face is procrastination or a lack of motivation to get things done.
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