5 Tips To To Adjust To A Frequently-On-The-Road Job

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Mar 02

In today's world most jobs will entail some form of travel. Some are three or four times a year while others are three or four times a week. If you are in the latter category and are not used to it, quite a lot of adjustment is needed. Everything from the food you eat to the amount of time that you spend with your family will change and it can be a bit much.

That is why in this article you will see some helpful tips on how to adjust. Whether you just got a new job that has a lot of travel or you have been in a frequently-on-the-road job for a while but need some advice, this article will go a long way to helping you out.

1 Learn to package your tasks

Being on the road means that you have to be at point A at a certain time or you can't get to point B. Your time is precious and can't be wasted in any way so you have to learn to package your tasks.

So, when you sit down to dinner send emails at the same time. When flying in laptop-free zones read up on business via a hard copy book. On the way to the security, queue makes the necessary calls and double check reservations. Doing so will make your trips stress free and you might even have time to yourself for a nap, which is always good for your health.

2 Research work and food locations 

On the road, there will be two things that you need more than anything else: a good meal and somewhere quiet to work with some free Wi-Fi. Being away from home and being away from your kitchen means that you will be either spending too much on room service or eating lots of junk food which will affect your mood. So, it's up to you to research as much as possible where you can get a good salad! The same goes for a work space, your hotel might be uncomfortable or a bit too loud so research nearby cafes that will allow you to put your head down and get some work done.

3 When you get some free time stretch it out 

When you are traveling across the country it will feel like you are in a perpetual state of sitting down. Whether it's on the plane, waiting to board the plane, or in the taxi on the way to the hotel a big part of being on the road is sitting on your butt. Over long periods of time, this can lead to pain and discomfort. So. when you get a few minutes take the time to stretch out and take a walk. You might want to get some rest when you have some time to yourself but walking around will help you in the long run.

4 Automate as much as possible

As I mentioned above your time is precious. Not only do you have to give many hours of the day to either flying on a plane or meeting people for your company, but you also need to consider the time you can have to yourself. Bearing that in mind it's up to you to automate as many tasks as possible. For example, schedule as many payments and email responses ahead of time so you are not wasting any time on tasks that will slow you down. You can also save time by improving the work of your smartphone with these apps.

5 Always have a backup plan

On the road, there are hundreds of things that are completely out of your hands. From trains and planes running on time to restaurants remembering your reservations, things can go wrong. This is why it is wise to always have a plan B. Whether it's spare clothes in case you lose your luggage, or a backup USB filled important info, make sure you have every base covered,

Frequently being on the road for work can take its toll on your mind and body, but as you have seen in this article there are things that you can do to improve your journeys. Be sure to follow the advice in this article so your adjustment to always being on the road can be a smooth transition.


Kate Thora is a Senior Content Specialist for Uphours, an online resource with information about businesses worldwide. Her artistic soul manifests itself also I her love for singing and dancing, especially to traditional Indian music.

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Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.