5 Tips For Business Travel
Posted on March 16, 2017
As you know by now, Jay Shorr and I travel on a regular basis. Whether it’s to visit with our national clients or speak at national conferences, we could be on either coast on any given day. (Looking for our current speaking schedule? Check it out here!)
Without a doubt, this increased amount of business travel took a bit of getting used to. I had grown accustomed to staying in town. But, let’s be honest: there’s something exciting about breaking up a regular work schedule with the bright lights of Las Vegas. On the other hand, Jay had spent many years on the road 300 days a year with a previous company. The increased amount of travel wasn’t quite as shocking to his system. Here’s how I have adjusted to this more broken-up routine.
- Use travel time to catch up on reading. For some people, a few hours on a plane may be an extension of regular office work. This is how Jay uses his longer, cross-country trips. For me, it’s pure, uninterrupted time to get the things done that have been piling up on my desk. Literally. For instance, that stack of industry publications that I love to read but always come in quicker than they hit the recycling bin. I’m constantly inspired by what other writers have to say. (Driving instead of flying? Audiobooks are still amongst my favorite ways to pass the time.) In case you’re wondering, Jay has decided he can use the 45-minute flight from Tampa to Ft. Lauderdale, where he’s based, to read the USA Today cover to cover.
- BYOS. Bring your own snacks. One’s brain and stomach can only survive on the mini-bar and sugary danish for so long. My personal favorites include my stash of herbal tea, apples, peanut butter with crackers, and a few protein bars. For others, it’s their own coffee with their favorite creamer.
- Remain loyal to your hometown time zone or routine. As tempting as it may be, know that it’s just going to be hard to get back in the groove when you return to the office. That series of late nights in Sin City hits harder than you think when returning to the East Coast.
- Let your staff (and other clients/patients) know of your change in schedule. If you’re going to be unavailable for more than a day, make your staff and clients aware of the best way to reach you. Do this even if you think they won’t notice you’re out of town. Let’s be honest, you’ll need to plan ahead anyway.
- Be sure to get a few minutes of YOU time daily. With conferences, client dinners, and answering emails in the day’s remaining minutes, it’s easy to go a few days without a breath of fresh air. In order to continue to be productive, make sure you re-group.
About Shorr Solutions: Shorr Solutions is a medical practice management consulting company with offices in Central Florida, helping physicians and medical practices strengthen the operational, financial, and administrative health of their practice.
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