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There is no reason your business trip cannot be fun and productive. The time you spend doing business in other locations expands your business reach and scope and broadens you as a person as well. Getting skilled at business travel is a solid business goal because there are skills related to business travel and being productive on the road that are impossible to learn if you don’t get out there and travel.

Stay Healthy While Traveling for Business

Many of the skills associated with business travel have to do with living productively on the road. This is especially important if you find yourself on a lengthy business trip. The life of moving in and out of hotels, traveling by car or airplane, and the stresses of the work can wear down even the most robust and experienced business traveler.

Maintaining a healthy diet while traveling for business is a serious challenge and one that really can only be accomplished with some serious planning. You will inevitably eat in many restaurants on the road, and that kind of food does not lend itself to a diet designed for weight loss or a diet you must maintain for health reasons.

The first but biggest step forward to achieving diet goals while traveling is communicating your desires to your traveling companions. In a business setting, there is often a lot of encouragement to eat and drink well. Everybody is on the expense account, so it is easy to overdo it. But if you let your coworkers and clients know you have interesting reasons to maintain a disciplined diet, most of the time, they will respect that and help you be successful.

Another trick of business travel is not to depend on restaurants for your meals entirely. If you can get out to a market early in the trip and purchase some fresh fruit and vegetables, you can prepare some healthy food in your room to fill you up and keep you on track. Then if you find you must eat in a restaurant to discuss business with coworkers or build relationships with the client, your appetite will be low so that you can get by on much less.

You can also be a voice for moderation in the selection of eating establishments for your meals. Fast food will not be an excellent choice for you. So if there is a discussion about where to stop, you can vote for a place that serves a wonderful variety of meal choices, including healthy choice menu options. In that way, if you must eat in a restaurant, you can find items to order that can be prepared in accord with your diet needs.

It will surprise you how many allies you will find, both in your travel associates and those you are doing business with at your destination, who have diet goals but have been unsuccessful because of the temptations of life on the road. Your open statement of intent to stick to your diet despite the rigors of business travel can be a tremendous inspiration to them. By building partnerships in your intent to live healthy, it is entirely possible to take your business to a healthy restaurant or deli and allow the rest of the party to go to a place of their liking. As long as I do this without hatred, everybody wins.

Avoiding alcohol and snacks can be an enormous challenge on the road as well. Very often, in a seminar setting or during a long day of discussions, the host company or office will provide cookies or other snacks to help the meeting go well by keeping everybody’s blood sugar up. These snacks are going to be hard to resist. One way to help yourself in that situation is to be prepared with your snacks in your briefcase to substitute for the unhealthy food being provided.

By thinking ahead about your diet needs and providing for yourself while traveling, it is possible to sustain a healthy lifestyle, even during business trips. Also, get a good night’s sleep, and you will be more effective and productive for your company.

Stay in Touch While Traveling for Business

When you travel for business, you are communicating with the people at the office can sometimes be difficult. If you are a manager or a project leader, you need to stay in touch with your team and what is going on at all times is crucial. It would seem that this need is at cross-purposes with the idea of business travel.

But with modern technology and a bit of coordination, you can maintain a reasonable level of connectivity to your important projects and team activities even while driving in the rental car or waiting out a flight at the airport.

The existing technology you used to stay connected may change. Whereas in the past, we could only use pay phones at airports, we have developed technologically so you can travel and access your network via your cell phone, wireless PC, or an assortment of other devices. So the first step is to identify the type of technology that satisfies your need for connectivity and enables you to work productively in diverse locations such as the airport, your airplane seat, or your hotel room.

As you technically review the technology, be careful to research the durability of the equipment you are taking on the road. You may afford the most sophisticated equipment on the market today.

But suppose that equipment cannot survive the rigors of travel, including being banged around in your luggage, exposure to heat, cold and moisture, or just about any other harsh condition you might throw it into. In that case, it will not be the equipment you want by your side on a long business trip.

Once you settle on the equipment, configure it or have it configured for internet access and the ability to tap into your corporate intranet and network. It is crucial that you can communicate with your team and access corporate files to stay on top of what is going on with your projects at home.

For example, if you have your project team file status reports each Friday morning, you must review those and give directions for actions to take from those reports quickly and efficiently, even if you are on a ten-hour flight from Europe.

To manage your phone contacts, the idea of just putting the “out of office” auto-answer on your office message service is so last decade. Instead, you can forward your office phone to your cell phone and receive your phone calls remotely so you can conduct your business as though you were on-site throughout your trip.

There is adequate technology available currently for you to access and operate your desktop computer back on your desk at the office even while traveling. One such service is gotomypc.com. But there are many such services, or your IT department may have a method to enable that access that you can use if you get them involved in your trip planning.

By accessing your PC daily or several times daily, you can activate your instance of Microsoft Outlook or whatever your email software is and read and respond to important business emails as you relax in your hotel room after your business meetings out of town.

These are just a few of the technologies that make it possible to perform virtually any function from remote that you could have done only in the office in the past. So don’t accept the limitations of the road. Make sure you can stay in touch with what is happening in the office to stay in control while you are on the road.

Surviving Jet Lag

No matter whether your trip is long or short, it is always tiring when traveling for business. The work of moving through airports, dealing with delays, handing your baggage, finding transportation at your destination city, and getting to the meeting is much greater stress than you ordinarily go through doing business at home. 

But when you add the problems introduced by jet lag, you face physical distress that can almost feel you are becoming ill as your body reacts to the long-distance travel.

So it’s a good idea to have some techniques ready to be used to prevent jet lag when traveling overseas or across several time zones. Yes, you can get jet lag just traveling from the east to the west coast domestically. Jet lag comes from the change in time zones and the change your body has to make to deal with the new time cycles in that time zone.

We are not aware of it, but it finely tuned our bodies to work at their best in the time zone of our homes. I tuned our biological clocks to react to the time of day, the daylight and nighttime cycle, environmental factors, and the magnetism of the local environment. We have an internal monitor that tells us when we should sleep or be active based on that internal clock.

When we travel to a new time zone, while our mind finds it peculiar that it is a new time of day that is out of sync with what we know, our bodies go through quite a dramatic change to adjust to the new environment. That is why you may not sleep in a new time zone when it is 11 p.m. where you are because of your body, and it may be the middle of the afternoon or the next morning.

The symptoms of jet lag are:

  • Fatigue.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Shortness of temper.
  • Even a feeling of mild nausea comes from an internal system thrown for a loop.

So the best cure for jet lag is good preparation so you can ease into the change of location without too much anxiety. By reducing the effects of jet lag before they even happen, you make the potential that your business meetings will go well much more likely.

Start adjusting in advance

If you can put yourself on the time frame of your destination a few days in advance, the jet lag won’t be as severe. Start adjusting your sleep times and when you take your meals even before the trip begins, so you are already “living in that time zone” before you even make the trip.

Keep a clean diet

Jet lag experts advise you to simplify your diet significantly for several days before the trip. Reduce the number of heavy foods, carbohydrates, sugars, and fats in your diet and increase the level of fruits, vegetables, and juices you consume. This will make your system more agile and able to adjust to change.

Give yourself time on the other end

Try to plan to arrive a day before your meetings, so you have time in your hotel room to rest and prepare for the business objectives to be achieved.  

Eliminate physical stress sources

During stressful times, try to cut down on physical stresses such as drinking or extreme physical exercise, so your body has more reserves to handle the jet lag symptoms.

By thinking ahead about jet lag, you are taking the measures you need to take to eliminate a threat to the success of your business goals on this trip. So if you can minimize the effect of jet lag, your business trip will be a lot more successful.  

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