A lot of opportunities open up for entrepreneurs over the holidays, and many of those opportunities will require taking off and going on a business trip. Unfortunately, those trips can be terribly stressful and troubling
The holidays are big times for business, representing tremendous opportunities that a smart entrepreneur can use to their startup’s benefit. Some of these opportunities will require taking trips to exciting places, a usually fun act that can be terribly stressful when done during the holidays. Stressful as they are however, you’ll need to find ways to work around those issues to get what you need for your company done. Here are 10 things that will alleviate the pressure and give you some breathing room during holiday business trips:
1. Prepare Your Body
Travelling, especially during the holidays when everything is so much busier, takes a tremendous toll on your body. You become more stressed and prone to problems associated with it, like sickness. Travel is not something the vast majority of people can pick up and do. Before a big trip, start resting up. Sleep early (or late, depending on the time zone of your destination) and make sure that everything is ready so you’re not rushing when you wake up. If you’ve had trouble adjusting to a different time zone before, bring some sleeping pills so you can force your body to adjust and bring your circadian rhythm in line.
2. Set-Up Your Auto-Responders
The world won’t stop spinning while you’re on your trip, which can be a major distraction when you’re focusing on your journey. Fortunately, you can alleviate some of your concerns by setting up auto-responders on your email account. People won’t think that you’re ignoring their messages, and can be informed of when you can be expected to reply. This gives you a lot of mental room to focus entirely on the purpose of your trip.
3.Keep Hydration Handy
Travel is inherently stressful on the body and can dehydrate you much more quickly than you would expect. Ever a little bit of dehydration can drastically affect your performance and mood. Bring along a bottle of water wherever you go, and you’ll keep everything running smoothly.
4.Block Off Time to Reply to Messages
A well-planned holiday trip will likely have a tight schedule. However, that doesn’t mean your other entrepreneurial responsibilities will sit around waiting for your trip to finish. No matter how much you delegate, there will be things that only you can handle. So no matter how tight your schedule is, you need to set aside time to handle those concerns.
5. Get There Early
Punctuality is a big part of being a good entrepreneur. Get to places on time, and you can settle in, explore the area, and approach whatever your current objective is at your own pace. This is a tactic you should employ when going on holiday trips. If at all possible, schedule your trip so you land the day before your meeting. That way, you can get to your event or opportunity at your best.