Business Trips can either be a joy or a downright pain. Either way, being prepared for the trip ahead can make or break your time away.
Before you get close to heading to the airport, grab your schedule or your diary and mark out what you'll be doing for the upcoming days. Mark off meetings, flights, dinner appointments and deadlines. Leave any down- time blank. Now look to see where you have gaps in your days.
Plan to give yourself some 'ME' time. Everyone needs time to relax, especially on a business trip, where the pace can be hectic, relentless and hard work.
Pencil in time for you, to recharge your batteries, get some sleep, have a massage, exercise or even take a wander and do some sightseeing or finding your bearings.
This down-time needs to be used carefully, otherwise you will simply find yourself lying on your bed in the hotel room, flicking through the TV channels, trying to fill your time. Speak to the concierge, do your research before leaving home and know what there is to do in your new neighbourhood.
You also need to keep an eye on your eating away from home, because this where most business travellers come unstuck. They have new foods to try, business lunches and dinners to attend and so an abundance of excess calories.
Be sensible. Watch your intake and go easy on the breakfast buffet. Start your day with eggs, natural yoghurt and fresh fruit or oats, to fuel your morning. Skip the coffee first thing and continue the trend throughout your day. Instead drink water, and keep it coming!
Continue to eat regularly throughout the day - small, healthy snacks that you should aim to pick up from a supermarket or health food shop close to the hotel. If in doubt, speak to the concierge or hotel reception. I'm talking nuts and fruit, in small portion sizes.
Pace yourself with business lunches and dinners, by only ordering a main course or 2 starters as a starter and a main course. If you're drinking alcohol, be sensible and remember you're on business! Drink 2 glasses of water for every glass of alcohol and be sure to wash your food down with water. Use the alcohol as a social accompaniment, not a thirst quencher.
Stick to these rules and you will find yourself thinking more clearly, sleeping better, reducing your stress levels and performing better at your job.
Have a good trip!
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