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By Brooke Chaplan

If you are traveling for business, you will want to utilize your timely wisely to make sure you stay as productive as possible. Staying on track while on your trip will help you accomplish all your necessary tasks more effectively, and may even open the door to new opportunities for your business. The following tips offer advice on how to make your next business trip more productive and how to stay on track.

Plan Ahead
Planning all the details before you leave will help you stay organized and improve the way you work throughout the duration of your trip. Meetings and other business-related activities should be scheduled in advance. Flight arrangements, ground transportation, and accommodation bookings should also be planned enough in advance so you can get the best deals and save money on business expenses. Make sure you leave room in the schedule for breaks, meals and enough down time to stay energized and alert.

Work While Traveling
Whether you are traveling by airplane, bus, or boat, you can accomplish a lot of tasks en route to your destination. Bringing your laptop computer makes it possible to work from just about any location. Even if you are unable to access an internet connection, it is still possible to type up reports or prepare emails to send once you can access service again.

Limit Sightseeing
It may be tempting to go out and partake in tourist activities during your time away, but spending too much time sightseeing will make it much more difficult to stay productive. Sightseeing can also make you feel more tired, which can further hinder your productivity. You should get as much work done as possible before you allow yourself leisure time. If possible, you may even want to stay a couple of extra days that are specifically designated for sightseeing.

Keep Networking

Networking is always a good idea, whether you run your own company or work for someone else. Doing so can help you expand your business activities and attract new clients. Carry around business cards to pass out to anyone you might meet during your stay. You can also bring potential new clients to the event venue or Meet Chicago Northwest conference room you plan to use so they can learn more about your company.

Your business trip will definitely be more worthwhile if you are able to stay productive. Cutting out distractions and staying focused on your objectives can help you reach all your productivity goals.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.