3 Ways to Stay Productive While Traveling

Traveling. Some people love it, some people hate it and others do it as required. But no matter how you feel about traveling chances are at some point each year you find yourself sitting in a busy airport terminal waiting for your flight to begin boarding.

Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure there are a few things you can do to stay productive while you travel. Here are three tips:

Have a List of Tasks Ready

There’s a lot of waiting while traveling and sometimes even delays. Keep on hand reading or reference material, and contact management tools so you can make use of small parcels of time by making appointments, returning phone calls, or responding to emails.

Schedule Time for Phone Calls

There’s a reason for your travels and it’s probably not to spend the entire time on the phone. Set aside a time to return calls and stick to it unless it’s an emergency.

Pack Ahead of Time

Frequent travelers should have a carry-on case packed with basic necessities ready to go. This keeps you organized and stops you from worrying about what you might be missing. When traveling with kids make sure you give yourself time to pack for them several days in advance.

In Order to Succeed, is a full-service professional organizing and project management firm serving private individuals and business owners throughout New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. In Order to Succeed works closely with clients helping them to live, work and move in productive, organized and stress-free ways. In addition to helping her clients prepare for travel, President of In Order to Succeed, Denise Caron-Quinn is a frequent traveler herself and had some tips on staying productive while traveling for business or pleasure. Find In Order to Succeed on Facebook and on Twitter.

How to Stay Productive While Traveling

Traveling. Some people love it, some people hate it and others do it as required. But no matter how you feel about traveling chances are at some point each year you find yourself sitting in a busy airport terminal waiting for your flight to begin boarding.

Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure there are a few things you can do to stay productive while you travel. Here’s how to stay productive:

Have a List of Tasks Ready

There’s a lot of waiting while traveling and sometimes even delays. Keep on hand reading or reference material, and contact management tools so you can make use of small parcels of time by making appointments, returning phone calls, or responding to emails.

Schedule Time for Phone Calls

There’s a reason for your travels and it’s probably not to spend the entire time on the phone. Set aside a time to return calls and stick to it unless it’s an emergency.

Pack Ahead of Time

Frequent travelers should have a carry-on case packed with basic necessities ready to go. This keeps you organized and stops you from worrying about what you might be missing. When traveling with kids make sure you give yourself time to pack for them several days in advance.

In Order to Succeed, is a full-service professional organizing and project management firm serving private individuals and business owners throughout New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. In Order to Succeed works closely with clients helping them to live, work and move in productive, organized and stress-free ways. In addition to helping her clients prepare for travel, President of In Order to Succeed, Denise Caron-Quinn is a frequent traveler herself and had some tips on staying productive while traveling for business or pleasure. Find In Order to Succeed on Facebook and on Twitter.

Why You Should Take a Vacation

Did you know that 56% of the work force does not take advantage of their vacation time at work? I recently went on a much needed vacation to northern Minnesota. I struggled with disconnecting from work and the guilt of not being there if something important came up. But, when I got back I felt refreshed and much more motivated to do a great job. Did you know that going on a vacation can actually promote creativity, productivity, rest, relaxation and can even improve your performance at work?

According to a Careerbuilder survey, more than half of workers say they work under a great deal of stress, and 77% say they feel burned out on the job. Research shows that it takes up to three days to relax when you go on vacation and longer vacations (seven days or more) are associated with better psychological outcomes than shorter vacations.

Not only does going on a vacation provide you with wonderful benefits, it provides your co-workers with opportunities they normally would not have. If you are anything like me, you find it hard to step away because of the desire to be needed, to answer client questions and to do a great job. Well…you might be surprised at how smoothly things run when you leave! Taking a vacation allows your co-workers and employees to step up and show what great employees they are. As long as you help them succeed as much as possible by preparing before you go and passing over everything that you think of. Also, trust that your employees will get the job done right and don’t check in on them every minute.

Here are a few tips I have learned to enjoy your vacation:

1) Put it on the calendar and remind everyone you know when you are leaving and when you will be back. This will help your co-workers and boss mentally prepare for you to leave and you won’t feel guilty when you are running out the door.

2) Turn off the work email.  The one thing I did for my vacation is disconnected my work email on my phone so I couldn’t access it. It was such a great idea and felt so great to disconnect for a few days!

3) Make sure you have an out of office message on your phone and email. If you don’t, you will wish you would have!

When you get back from vacation, don’t worry if you have thousands of unread emails! Call the person that took your place while you were out and in just 5 minutes you will find out everything you need to know to get through your first day back. I also recommend scheduling an extra day off when you come back so you can dive back in slowly and not overwhelm yourself.

by Guest Blogger Anna aka Classy Career Girl.

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About the author: Classy Career Girl is a Consultant by day and a MBA student by night. She blogs about her journey through business school while working full time and loves to research and write about career advice, work-life balance and stress management. You can read more about her journey on her website http://www.classycareergirl.com and follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/classycareer.

Photograph courtesy of Classy Career Girl.

Tip Day Wednesday: Have a Stress Free Vacation

Each Wednesday In Order to Succeed‘s blog features at least one tip on organizing, time management, moving and relocation, balancing home and business or well anything else we think you will find helpful. This week’s Tip Day Wednesday is about having a stress free vacation. Here are three tips to having a stress free vacation:

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Create and use a travel checklist There isn’t anything worse than arriving someplace and remembering you forgot something. While you can buy things such as toothbrushes what if you forgot to turn off some of the lights. Take a few minutes to come up with a travel checklist that includes both things you need to do both you go away as well as things to back. Reuse the list each time you go away.

Take at least a week. One vacation of at least seven days is more relaxing than taking several three-day vacations. It allows you time to settle into your new surroundings and truly enjoy the break.

Give Yourself Permission To Do Nothing Vacations are suppose to be about rest so don’t plan everyday. Give yourself time just enjoying being where you are and remember it’s okay to do nothing while on vacation.

Share your travel tips with us by commenting below.
Further Reading
Check back for our travel checklist that you can download and for your trips.
Get more travel tips: 7 Tips For Creating a Healthy Vacation (May 2010)
Image via flickr by m o d e

Tip Day Wednesday: How To Be Stress Free On Vacation

Each Wednesday In Order to Succeed‘s blog features at least one tip on organizing, time management, moving and relocation, balancing home and business or well anything else we think you will find helpful. This week’s Tip Day Wednesday is about how to be stress free on vacation. Here are three tips to having a stress free vacation:

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Create and use a travel checklist There isn’t anything worse than arriving someplace and remembering you forgot something. While you can buy things such as toothbrushes what if you forgot to turn off some of the lights. Take a few minutes to come up with a travel checklist that includes both things you need to do both you go away as well as things to back. Reuse the list each time you go away.

Take at least a week. One vacation of at least seven days is more relaxing than taking several three-day vacations. It allows you time to settle into your new surroundings and truly enjoy the break.

Give Yourself Permission To Do Nothing Vacations are suppose to be about rest so don’t plan everyday. Give yourself time just enjoying being where you are and remember it’s okay to do nothing while on vacation.

Share your travel tips with us by commenting below.
Further Reading
Check back for our travel checklist that you can download and for your trips.
Get more travel tips: 7 Tips For Creating a Healthy Vacation (May 2010)
Image via flickr by m o d e

7 Tips For Creating A Healthy Vacation

vacationSummer may be over, but that doesn’t mean your vacations have to be. Learn how to make your next vacation a healthy one.

Vacations, if done right can be restorative. It is a chance to spend time with family and friends, relax near a beach, or discover new places. Research suggests that taking time off makes workers more productive and can reduce the risk of serious medical illnesses such as heart disease. Americans, however, take less time off than citizens of any other nation in the industrialized world, and over a third of Americans don’t use all of their vacation days.

Here are seven tips for a creating a healthy vacation:

  1. Take at least a week. One vacation of at least seven days is more relaxing than taking several three-day vacations. It allows you time to settle into your new surroundings and truly enjoy the break.

2. Don’t forget to exercise. Light exercise during your holiday such, as walking tours or daily laps in the hotel pool will leave you feeling more rejuvenated than simply lounging around the whole time. Get out and take a walk around the city or town.

3. Indulge in delicious, locally made foods. Everyone wants enjoy himself or herself while on vacation by sitting down to a delicious meal you wouldn’t normally have. Instead of worrying about gaining weight let yourself have foods that use fresh local ingredients. You’ll get a better understanding of the local culture and fresh local meals are healthier than anything else you’re going to find.

4. Spend time learning about yourself. Self-reflection and realization are keys to a healthy vacation. Take the time to think about your life and try something new that you’ve always wanted to such as taking a cooking, pottery, or surfing class.

5. Plan a vacation the entire family will enjoy. If you’re taking a family trip make sure there will be something for everyone. You don’t want to spend the entire holiday arguing so if one person really wants to go rock climbing and another wants to visit museums try to pick a destination that will allow for both.

6. Get some sleep. Yes we said to make sure you kept exercising while on your vacation, but also take some time to sleep. Let your kids sleep in and try to let yourself sleep in as well. Instead of waking up at the crack of dawn to go on a walking tour of Rome go in the afternoon. You’ll enjoy the tour more and learn more if your not tired or dragging your kids around the Coliseum.

7. Get lost in the moment. It’s hard to resist the urge to check emails, call the office, and even create a jam-packed holiday itinerary. Taking the to time to really get away, freeing yourself from work and allowing for spontaneity, however, will let you have a healthy vacation and create memories.

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Week In Review 9/6

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What did this week bring? The begining of September, the start of the a new school year, the rush to fit in one last long weekend away, and….

  • Time Management tip: The Key to effectiveness – FocusFrom Harvard Business Publishing
  • Learn how to organize and streamline your books, CDs, and DVDs with getorganizedwizard.com
  • Now that school is back in session – consider this emergency info card for your children’s safety:  from the Efficiency Specialist
  • Add one or two hours to every day with the help of  The Clutter Diet Blog
  • The 10 Rules for Building a Successful Personal Brand from Under30CEO
  • Why You Need a Vacation from Harvard Business Publishing -There’s still time to squeeze in a few days before summer ends!
  • “In England leisure and PLEASURE rhyme but in the US leisure rhymes with SEIZURE.” Steve Rushin
  • It’s that time of year: Your Back-to-School Guide from Real Simple
  • Bogged down by email, voicemail, texts, and tweets? Here are some tips to manage all the info:  Death by Information Overload from Harvard Business Publishing
  • Project Management Tip: Minimize your interruptions from colleagues by wearing headphones just while you work on a project

Week In Review: 8/23

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