Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

November 07 2013

How to Stay Productive on the Road

By Daniel Metz


The life of a meeting professional is filled with time outside of the office. Treks to the airport, cross-country or continent flights, sitting around the terminal – it’s endless and you need to stay on top of projects. Here’s a few helpful tips to get you through your next trip.

Set reminders in your calendar

Your travels don’t stop deadlines so use your Google, iCal, Outlook (or all) to your advantage. Have something you need to review? Put it in the calendar. Need to send out an email at a certain time? Put it in the calendar. Need a report run? Put…you get it.

Update your team before you leave

Communication is key for any team, department or organization to be successful. Let your team know when you’re available, what you expect from them while you’re gone and, most importantly, what kind of gift you’re bringing back for them.

Use flight time to get things done

Wi-Fi is a beautiful invention, not only can you stream Netflix or watch hilarious cat videos… (go ahead click it, we’ll wait) on your flight but you can get work done too! Use this time to your advantage, stuck 30,000 feet in the air and free from distractions (except the person who keeps making you get up so they can use the restroom) so make the most of it. These truly are amazing times.

Get some sleep

This one may seem a little skewed since how can you get anything done if you’re busy catching Z’s but don’t underestimate what a good night’s sleep can do for you. You’ll wake up refreshed and ready to tackle everything on your...

To-do Lists

You’ve got your reminders set up, your team is ready for your absence and you’re well rested. Writing out a to-do list will help you prioritize your busy day and physically writing things down help you remember. Plus the sweet satisfaction of drawing a line through that completed task is (almost) better than chocolate cake.

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