In the military world, the fall weather brings with it conference season. For me that means a whole lot of travel and hotel stays in big cities and small. I figured out that this month that I am actually home only 14 days out of 30. On the plus side, I do get to share both the DASIUM message and some tips and strategies for navigating military life with some amazing Army, Navy & Airforce spouses via The Direction Diva. Whether it’s a talk on balancing business and personal life, suicide prevention or how to stay happily married as a military spouse I too need to find that balance in order to stay “on” as they say.
In the hustle and bustle of trying to prepare, pack, travel and speak I find myself 3 weeks into a 9 week marathon feeling like I’ve been hit by a mack truck. Now it doesn’t help that the lady on flight #2 last week was spewing nasty germs in every direction, but the crap shoot of who will you sit next too is part of the joy of commercial travel right? But for these few months I know as a business owner and family gal that finding that healthy balance is going to be a challenge.
So what do you do when your already busy life, becomes crazy busy? You make sure to take care of yourself and make room for some down time. Here are 4 tips for managing a short term business crunch:
4 tips for managing a short term business crunch
- Give it a boost. Travel, speaking and networking events mean lots of handshakes, close quarters and germs. Arm yourself with some Vitamins (I use Emergen-C, Zinc, B complex, Omega3’s and a good multi-vitamin), some hand sanitizer and some sanitizing wipes. Stay hydrated, and eat lots of veggies do whatever you can to give your body a boost. OH and wash your hands A LOT.
- Stay at the ready. When I have multiple trips or meetings over a short period of time I save time and brain power by reducing the time I need to pack and unpack. I have a travel set of essentials and a meeting bag that I take inventory of and refill the minute I get home. No more last minute runs to get notepads, refill business cards or travel size shampoos, and I don’t have to think about it in the days or hours before I leave.
- Utilize your travel time wisely. For years I didn’t want to be rude to the little lady next to me nor did I want to miss an opportunity to network. But save that for the times when your schedule isn’t so crazy. I’ve found that if I pop a pair of headphones in when I take my seat I’m setting a boundary that helps prevent me from wasting time. Maybe I rest or write; perhaps I use the time for catching up on emails, planning and or finalizing a presentation, it doesn’t matter. It’s precious time that I can’t afford to get stolen.And there’s time for a quick chat once you touch down and are waiting to deplane!
- Book & Schedule effectively. I am all about being thrifty, but when you are traveling and running around you really need to become as efficient as possible keeping your overall wellbeing in mind. When booking a flight, sure you can save some money taking ared eye, but is it really worth the price when you are worthless the next day?One of the greatest things I did for myself last month was I splurged and got a manicure at Dallas Fort Worth Airport. Was it crazy expensive YES, but I had a 3 hr layover, needed to relax and I had another trip a few days later. So I made a conscious choice to pay a bit more for the impact it would have on my schedule and mindset. Not only did I free myself up, but I escaped the craziness that is DFW.
When you have a busy work load, it’s important to make every moment count, and these simple strategies can not only save a lot of time but they provide a little stress relief as well.
What are you simple crunch busting tips?
~Judy Davis, the Direction Diva is a motivational speaker, author and lifestyle blogger as well as a military life and teen suicide prevention expert. Co-founder of DASIUM, Judy’s books Right Side Up and Warning Signs: Is Your Teen at Riskare go to resources for families and her websites are filled with tips, inspiration and resources for those looking for direction. Connect with Judy at TheDirectionDiva.com