4 Tips for Staying Productive on the Road

It goes without saying that my friends here at Concur are masters at helping road warriors be more productive. And that got me to thinking – other than a great smartphone and some top-notch software, what other tricks do people use to remain sharp and productive while in the middle of a long business trip?

Sure, we could answer this by listing pablum like:

  • Stay focused!
  • Use your time wisely!
  • Multitask!


Blah, blah, blah. No, what I am interested in are those travel tricks that are actually implementable and which work. For me, it’s an important topic as I get to do quite a bit of speaking about small business, both here and internationally, and being able to be productive after a 12 hour flight is no easy task. So here’s my list:

1. Ambien: Nothing changed my travel life more than this little sleeping pill. It serves two functions, as I see it:

  • On long flights, it allows you to get some shut-eye, thereby allowing you to be awake upon landing. Nothing like hitting those meetings feeling refreshed.
  • More importantly, it allows you to get on the time zone of wherever you happen to land fairly quickly. Say you are headed to Europe. Upon landing, your internal clock can be off by eight hours or so. But with a little Ambien or the equivalent, upon arrival, you can go to bed when they do, wake up when they do, and instantly be on the new time zone. That sure beats wasting a day recuperating.


2. Exercise: Sure, we all know it is important, but from a travel and productivity standpoint, there are few things you can do that are more valuable than getting in a good workout. It clears the cobwebs and moves the blood. It also makes you tired, or energized, as needed.

3. Sightsee: Of course there are those trips where you simply do not have the time to take in the sights, but they should be the exception rather than the rule. Scheduling a little extra time on the front or back end of a trip – or yes, even in the middle – makes those meetings a little more worthwhile.

If you had a chance, you would be remiss if you didn’t spend an afternoon at Dealey Plaza. Or at the Louvre, or the World’s Largest Rubber Band Ball.

4. Get a new app: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. A new app keeps you alert and thinking.

And yes, oh yes, one of these days, my angry birds will wipe out all of those smug pigs! What helps you stay productive while on the road? Share your list!


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