Phoenix is home to many international corporations. If you happen to work for one of them, you can anticipate having to go on a business trip. Adventures aside, being in a new environment with a different time zone can break your routine and make productivity difficult.
Here are 3 tips to staying balanced when you’re in this situation.
First, anticipate exhaustion upon arrival.
Traveling has this tendency to zap you of your energy. Ever been on a long road trip, only to feel sleepy as soon as you get to your destination? The same is true for flying! It doesn’t seem to matter how much caffeine you slam down, or sugar you intake. For most people traveling is simply tiring. So an easy recommendation is if you are traveling far, try to arrive a day before your meetings begin to help you adjust. Otherwise, you can expect that you won’t perform at your best the day of.
Second, sleep when you’re sleepy.
Chances are that after a long trip, you’ll be in a different time zone, potentially experiencing jet lag. It’s a very confusing feeling, being tired but it not being time to sleep, or vise versa. The primary objective in this situation is to maintain executional capacity. For this to happen, you need to be well rested. If you’re tired at 6pm local time, but your bedtime is typically 10pm - make an exception this one time and go to bed at 6. The consequences otherwise will be like staying up 4 hours past your bedtime. You will feel it the next day, so get to be sure to sleep when your body says sleep!
Third, accept the law of diminishing returns.
Reality is that you will have your own ability to work under stress. And being exhausted or jet lagged is a form of stress. We totally understand that every situation is going to present a different set of expectations. The self employed individual travelling for a convention is going to have a different set of circumstances than the executive traveling to close a deal under a tremendous amount of pressure. If you are the latter example, we wish you the best as it’s not hard to imagine how difficult that situation becomes when you have to perform underslept. The law of diminishing returns is basically knowing that when you’re in these types of situations where your effectiveness is diminished, that it doesn’t matter how hard you work. The quality might be sacrificed, mistakes are more likely to happen, and rework could be required. Learning to pack it up for the night might be incredibly difficult for our Type-A audience, but it could also be exactly what is needed in the moment.
Preparation is Execution’s closest sibling. If execution is getting everything done on time with minimal error, then preparation is the act of crossing T’s and dotting I’s. Preparation takes many forms. We suggest taking a closer look at the electronics and IT equipment required for your business trip, and examine them at least 24 hours before departure. You want to ensure that your backups are accessible in case of a breakdown. You want to make sure that the files are all saved in the correct places. You want to make sure that you have the correct devices such as portable projectors, laptop, power cords, and perhaps even a hotspot port if you find yourself without wifi. The list can be endlessly extensive, or as short as few items. You know best what is required. Be diligent in your review!
Sonoran Chauffeur is a local Phoenix limousine service that caters to the business and executive crowd. If you are planning a business trip soon, let us help you with the logistics. We can assist with getting you to the airport on time and even arrange a driver to pick you up in your destination city. Logistics is a specialty of ours, so really, call us and see how we can help make things easy for you! Thank you for reading, and we will see you in the next post.