The professionals and business executives of today are a breed apart. The demands of the business world have changed as well. These days, businesses require a high degree of mobility from their employees, especially managers. They require business professionals to travel all over the world, sometimes for months on an end. As someone who used to hate being in countries where you can’t dial the spectrum customer service number, this can be daunting.
Working While Travelling
Many professionals hate traveling because it disrupts their work schedule. But there is also another type of professional who thrives on working on-the-go. These professionals blend their career drives with their love of travel and are some of the happiest in the business world. These “travelpreneurs” are changing the way business is done. Many of us working men and women dream about balancing entrepreneurial activities with travel. If you are one of them, here are eight steps to help you work while traveling:
The Right Attitude
If you’re looking to get work done while traveling, the first thing you need is the right attitude. You need to have a firm belief that working while traveling is possible. The life of a travelpreneur is full of obstacles that may make productivity seem impossible. At the same time, there are a lot of reasons to believe that it is not only possible but within your reach. Wherever you put in an effort, you get to see the results. So put your initial efforts into convincing yourself that productivity while traveling is possible.
Know What Success Means To You
When you ask a random person what defines success, they usually think of tangible assets like wealth and cash. In reality, there is much more to success than mere money. The definition of success varies from person to person. For one person, it could mean flexible working hours. For another, it could be the positive results of their effort. For still others, it could be the work ethic and culture they create. To be a successful travelpreneur, you need to have a clear definition of what success means to you. Once you have this cleared up in your head, you have a destination and can work towards it.
Define Your Boundaries
The internet has already blurred several boundaries that used to exist in work culture. Travel takes this to another level. Many travelpreneurs find themselves working around the clock across different time zones. If you really mean to do productive work while on-the-go, you need to establish set boundaries with yourself. This may include working at specific hours or on specific tasks during a given day. Once you have defined these boundaries with yourself, you can start to enforce them on people you work with.
Become Part Of Communities
Connecting with other humans is a basic physiological need. Connecting with others while traveling is twice as important. As a travelpreneur, you will find it helpful to become part of or building a community. This can be as simple as visiting a particular coffee bar or joining a mixed yoga workout. This will help you connect with people around you in a strange place. It is also a great way to learn about your temporary surroundings. A huge part of the traveling entrepreneur's life is to form meaningful connections with people and places.
Define A Routine
Having a routine helps you stay on track. This is also true for when you are a traveling businessman. You need to establish set patterns wherever appropriate based on your new surroundings. Having a routine helps you to conserve energy, prioritizing it for your daily tasks. If you’re spending the better part of your day looking for the perfect coffee shop, your energy for work will diminish. On the other hand, having a set coffee place leaves you more time to focus on your business. This will let you accomplish more in a given time compared to not having a routine at all.
Associate With Supportive People
As a travelpreneur, you’re already dealing with the stress of travel and business simultaneously. You have no time for the added complication of negative people. For this reason, it is important to surround yourself with supportive people. Your mentors, life coaches or even other travelpreneurs are the positive, supportive people you need. These people should reinforce your belief that working while traveling is possible. Cut out the naysayers and the can’t-doers. Center your life between a group of people that support and believe in your ability to accomplish things.
Be A Risk-Taker
The travelpreneur life is not for the timid or faint of heart. During such a lifestyle, you will come into contact with many things you never thought possible. These things are what primarily make up the things we perceive as risk. You need to fundamentally change this approach. Look at the travel-work balance as a challenge. Be willing to make tough decisions and reach out of your comfort zone. Once you lose your fear of perceived risks, you will be amazed by what you can accomplish.
Enjoy The Ride
New places open up new opportunities, cultures, and societies. As a travelpreneur, you will need to deal with different nuances with each place you visit. Whether its religious quirks or food that gives you indigestion, you need to work through them. One of the best things about being a travelpreneur is the ability to appreciate and enjoy the time you spend traveling. It’s important to have fun while you’re at it, otherwise, why would you choose this lifestyle?