Because it is summer (although someone should tell the weather that), I have been thinking about travel. And I’m sure you have either been or are going on a lovely break this year, and it’s exciting. But let’s be honest, sometimes the travel can be exhausting. And if you’re travelling for a large portion of the day, it feels like your holiday is being stolen from you. But you have to do it.
It got me thinking about how much time I spend travelling. And not just going on holiday, the travelling I do for meetings, networking, client work, everything. Because time is an expense, it’s a resource that you are using up.
How much time?
When getting a flight, it’s not just the flight duration that you need to consider. There’s checking in, the transfer to the airport on both sides, those pesky delays or even cancellations. And it isn’t just flights. I travel by car to the seaside to visit family, and there are sometimes unavoidable delays like traffic, accidents, or my daughter wanting to go to the services (again!). But again, these are delays that usually are unpredictable and unavoidable.
What can you do?
Well, in the case of a flight, you can get on with some tasks on the move. Same can be said with a train journey, or even in a taxi, if you aren’t like me who feels ill if I’m not looking straight out of the windscreen. But if you are driving, this isn’t the case. So a few things I do:
Listen to podcasts
Listen to audiobooks
Make calls over my bluetooth kit (stay safe kids!)
Ask Siri to take notes of some thoughts, or schedule reminders for later
Sing as loud and dramatically as I possibly can (massive stress reliever)
OK it’s not going to get that report done, or write that email, but it does make use of the time. And I don’t know about you but if I didn’t listen to audiobooks while driving, I would struggle to find time to read a book.
Another way to minimise the time wasted on travelling is to bulk journeys together. One of my clients based in Brighton would have meetings in London, so would book 3 or 4 meetings for one day in London. It is efficient with time, energy and finances, which is (in my opinion) the holy trinity of efficiency.
You can also consider if the meeting is really necessary. Could it be summarised in an email, or discussed in a conference call? Better yet, you could use Zoom to hold your meeting. Over the last 12 months or so, I have become a massive fan of Zoom. It allows you to have a meeting without leaving your desk. No travel costs, no delays (unless someone is late to the meeting) and no need to squeeze yourself onto a overcrowded train. Yuk!
Due to the previous workshop’s success, I will be running another Zoom workshop in September, with a view to add more. If you want to hear more about how you could implement Zoom into your business and get the most out of your time, join my mailing list to be the first to know.