As we enter 2016, most of us start the new year with resolutions of losing those 10 pounds we put on, getting our personal budgets in order, and being more productive while at work. It may be easy to be productive while in the office, but what about when you're on the road? We spoke with many of our frequent travelers and asked them how they stay productive whilst traveling.
Identify what distracts you.
In order to be productive, it's vital to know what exactly it is that distracts you. Take a week to track how you spend your time, whether it's using a time tracker like
a spreadsheet, or old fashioned pen and paper. Be honest with yourself through the process, noting what distractions hit you and when. At the end of the week, evaluate how you spend your time.
Double-up your workload.
If you find it difficult to get work done while traveling, try doubling up your workload before traveling or use your flying time to get as much done as possible on the way to your destination.
Prioritize your to-do list.
Although we might not all be Type A personalities, it doesn't mean we wouldn't benefit from a more organized to-do list. Build out your list, separating tasks by different priority levels. While it is always tempting to pick the smallest tasks, setting priority levels will remind you to tackle the largest projects first. Try using your commute or even the night before to set your priorities. Use apps like
, or even
your list will be synced between your devices effortlessly. This way, you can arrive at the office or your destination ready to work.
Get a good pair of noise canceling headphones.
Whether working from a cafe, hotel or anywhere else, it's usually impossible to control the noise around you. People talking, loud music, construction and traffic all make it hard to concentrate. Try a slipping on a pair of
noise isolating headphones
to block them all out. Play some sort of ambient soundtrack (try
), and because outside noise is largely inaudible, the music volume can stay low enough that it doesn't distract.
Prioritize your email box.
While on the road, it can be difficult to carve out time to check your email. Using an app like
assigns a priority to each email - a priority that reflects your priorities. It then automatically organizes your inbox so you stay focused on the truly important things.