A life on the road isn’t for everyone. However, sometimes work doesn’t give us a choice. If you’re travelling for business often, it pays to know a few productivity tips to keep you both relaxed and focused. Your time spent travelling is often longer than the time you spend at your destination. With this in mind, here are five ways to make the most of the in-between periods.
5 ways to be more productive on the road
1. Practice mindfulness
Not familiar with mindfulness? Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of what is happening to you, what you’re doing, and not being overwhelmed by everything that’s going on around you. Through meditation, it’s something you can achieve – but it takes practice. Fortunately, the benefits make this idea very attractive, particularly for people constantly on the move.
The main benefits of mindfulness include decreased stress, reduced levels of anxiety and depression, improved physical health, and improved wellbeing. When you’re thinking and feeling better, a life on the road becomes much easier.
2. Get inspired
With all that time on your hands, why not improve your learning? Learning a new language can improve your brain health and social skills, while listening to interesting podcasts can spark your imagination, help you learn new things, and gain new interests.
If you’re working with clients in a particular industry, use the time to study up and be more prepared – there are so many productive ways to keep your mind occupied. Of course make sure these learnings are in an audio format so you can increase your knowledge while keeping your attention on the road.
3. Practice, practice, practice
Whether you’re making a speech, doing a presentation, or simply attending a meeting, practicing what you’ll say and do will help put your mind at ease, build your confidence, and impress the people you’re working with.
Need inspiration? One way of practicing is to record your presentation, sales pitch or industry notes, and simply listen back while you’re driving. This way you can maximise long haul trips by gradually improving yourself before you reach your destination.
4. Memory exercises
Driving for work a lot? Then it’s important to stay focused and safe on the road. Memory exercises can help keep your brain alert, as well as boosting your problem-solving skills, helping you learn new concepts, and improving your creativity. There are many exercises to consider, from consciously observing specific details and numeracy challenges, to repeating what people say in your mind.
5. Reduce distractions
We’re all guilty of using our phones while we’re driving. But the truth is, it’s one the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel. Travelling for work can be exhausting, and it can be easy to get distracted when you’re a little tired. However, it’s important to keep screen distractions to a minimum – for your own safety and wellbeing. So turn it off, lock it away, and put a podcast on instead.
Road safety is paramount
Your safety, and the safety of other commuters on the road, is the most important thing to keep in mind while you’re travelling. While the above tips are handy to use when your car is your office, be mindful of your surroundings and use productivity exercises in a way that will not impede your driving ability.
Substantial data published by the ABC revealed there has been 48, 592 fatalities on Australia’s roads since 1989, with 1, 225 people killed in 2017. Additionally, a statistic released by an Australian insurance provider says their average customer plans to drive over 10,500km per year. That is more than the distance from Brisbane to Perth via Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and all the way back. It’s clear Australians are spending a significant amount of time on the road, and when it’s part of your job to do so there are some simple ways to make sure you’re safe:
- For long trips, remember to take a break every 2 hours or when you’re beginning to feel tired. Practicing your productivity exercises during your break is a good way to use your time.
- Keep an eye on the weather report in order to anticipate changing driving conditions
- Maintain your car by regularly checking the oil and water levels, air pressure in your tyres, indicators and headlights are working and your wiper blades provide clear visibility. Service your vehicle regularly, and consult with your mechanic on ways to maintain your car while travelling.
With good safe driving practices in place, being on the road for work can be an incredibly productive time. Whether you want to up-skill yourself, learn more about your industry or enter a positive headspace, your time on the road can be time spent enhancing the way you work.
Author: Shayen de Silva
Shayen is a Senior Content Promoter at digital marketing agency Web Profits. His role working in the competitive space of content marketing allows him to use out-of-the-box thinking to create content strategies that will attract customers to his client’s business online.