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4 productive habits executives do when they are travelling

4 productive habits executives do when they are travelling

Catching up on your business reading

The day to day work could be hectic for most of the executives who need to attend a big number of projects, meetings, phone calls and other unexpected tasks. The time we spend travelling is a really good opportunity to become more productive take advantage of having no signal and be a little bit disconnected from this overcorrected world.
Here is a great time to catch up with that interesting business articles you have saved for a quiet moment that never arrives. Industry books, magazines, long emails from your team are good options to invest in that moments.

Desktop work

A good use of our time is essential to succeed in our career but sometimes work exceeds our capacity and then we create long to-do lists overwhelming ourselves. Most of the work could be done only with a laptop in these days, waiting moments on airports or coffee shops on train stations are perfect to do this desk work you never have time to finish. No phone calls or colleagues interrupting with questions are some benefits in that situations.

One of the most productive tasks I do in these situations is catch up with my “Pendent to reply” email label which never is empty. Working on offline mode is a perfect technique to replay these emails, then I use to program any email to be sent next working day at 8:00 am, the email recipient feels that his email was answered early in the morning giving priority over everything else.

Meditation

One of the most satisfying techniques I have been using the last years is meditation, it brings to me a large number of benefits. With meditation, I keep my mind in calm, clear and focus on my daily focus and this is one of the best productive habits I have.

One of the most satisfying techniques I have been using the last years is meditation, it brings to me a large number of benefits. With meditation, I keep my mind in calm, clear and focus on my daily focus and this is one of the best productive habits I have.

One of the most satisfying techniques I have been using the last years is meditation, it brings to me a large number of benefits. With meditation, I keep my mind in calm, clear and focus on my daily focus and this is one of the best productive habits I have.
Is not difficult find 20 minutes a day to practise the meditations routeing but sometimes is good expand this exercises for an hour or so and find this is a bit more complicated. I enjoy investing some time on my flying time to relax on the plane, put my earphones and use some mindfulness audio.

“Devirtualize” contacts

I love to expand my online network around the world being in contact with professional from different industries and sectors and of course, from different markets. Is really easy today contact with people wherever they are and establish a fluent communication via email, calls or messaging through any social network like LinkedIn.

The problem sometimes is the lack of opportunity to have a face to face meeting with all that people in all that different countries.
That’s why anytime I am travelling to any country I check my network to identify the most interesting person to meet in that market and try to set up a meeting.

We live in an online world, but business relationships have to be an offline base to keep growing and produce some real business opportunities, otherwise that contact probably stays in that long list of interesting people with a lot of synergies in common with we’ll never work.

  • Dan Rodawig

    How about writing expense reports?

    • Fran

      Good point Dan, that’s a good one and remind me another task I never find the right moment to get done: bookkeeping. Thanks for your comment. Fran

  • I was recently told that handling expense reports should be a “process” and not a “project”. Good advise for someone like me who feels that customers come first and expense reports are at the bottom of my to-do list. By making it a process, I now will take a few minutes each day to enter that days’ expenses into my form so I’m not overwhelmed at the end of the reporting period.

    • Fran

      Thanks for your comment Martha. Definitely a must, keep up to date that kind of task makes an easy life at the end of the month. Fran