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Five good business habits that suffer when you travel
What often gets overlooked, however, is the impact that business travel can have on your business habits. We all lament the personal effects, but we tend to miss those that matter most to why we're on the road to begin with! Hectic schedules and long lists of business needs can ultimately cause your performance to suffer.
Let's take a look at five good business habits that are jeopardized when you're on the road:
2. Visibility: part of making an in-person visit is to be seen. Otherwise, you could get a lot done through phone calls, email and video conferencing.
3. Communication: cram your schedule, and you won't just miss out on being seen – you also won't be heard. Even if you throw etiquette to the win and work your BlackBerry feverishly during meetings, you still won't be able to communicate effectively. Your over-ambitious agenda will cause your day-to-day work to suffer, and it will also impact the people you work with. Leave a little time to make sure you give the folks back at the office what they need.
4. Collaboration: if people can't see or hear you, they certainly won't be able to share ideas effectively with you. A travel agenda that's too busy will cost your company your perspective, and that's part of why you were hired. Make sure you leave some room to work actively with your colleagues back at the office to keep existing projects on track – and share your ideas with people who want them.
5. Common sense: related to fatigue, hunger and everything else ... you do stupid things when you aren't at your best. Basic decision making and judgment calls suffer, which can cost you anything from an embarrassing moment to the rest of your career.