Business travel – why does it take so long to “catch up” at the office when returning from a business trip? Try tips in these three areas to avoid buildup of workload:
1) Delegate Email:
Delegate emails to one or more subordinates or peers in your “away from office” wizard so that routine issues can be resolved in your absence. Studies show that up to 60% of emails can be delegated and dealt with by staff at home while you are on the road.
Don’t be afraid to delegate. Sometimes the biggest hurdle is giving up control to others, or taking the time to train others to handle your work. Try delegating on shorter trips and in smaller amounts at first if you are wary of giving up too much too soon.
Sometimes road trips are the most productive – it’s easier to complete projects without constant interruptions. Mix up the work you bring; take easier reading as well as more complex items. Then, when you need a break from intense work concentration, you will have a variety of items to choose from.
If you can plan just 30 minutes daily at the hotel gym, or plan a brisk walk in your locale, you will keep your energy up and your mind fresh. Find the time that works best for you – I prefer early morning or just before dinner because changes in meeting times can tend to override priorities later in the day.
5) Strategize to deal with jetlag: