From long airport layovers to delayed meetings to last-minute appointment cancellations, lost time away from the office can rob your productivity and add to the already high stress of travel. Taking steps to manage your downtime while away helps maximize your productivity. Take note of these four tips for capitalizing on otherwise wasted moments.
1. Hunt for Wi-Fi
With Internet access (and data limits) critical, finding reliable Wi-Fi on the road is a must. Desiree Kane, an independent meeting planner and organizer for clients including Netroots Nation and the Society of Environmental Journalists, takes advantage of user-populated app Foursquare to find reliable access in unfamiliar territory. “Before I get to a new location, I search Foursquare for that location using ‘good Wi-Fi’ as my search parameter,” says Kane, who is on the road 60 percent of the time. “I learn from other people’s tips about the best coffee shops and other sources I wouldn’t necessarily be aware of.”
2. Productivity-Enhancing Apps
An ever-expanding universe of apps makes it possible to bring our offices on the road, so to speak, and allow for on-the-go transactions that once required access to fax machines, scanners and copiers. Candice Langston, principal at Solid, a communication and engagement agency based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has a few favorites. “DocuSign saves me a ton of time. It allows me to sign and send legal documents from my phone,” she says. “TurboScan is another fantastic productivity tool. You can take pictures of documents and turn them into PDFs without a scanner or fax machine.”