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How to Make Your Hotel Room More Productive

  • A businesswoman orders room service in a hotel room.
You’re out of town on business. But that doesn’t mean that your own life has to be put on hold. You can still get the job done—and stay on top of your goals.

Keep reading for tips on getting your work done, connecting with family, and staying healthy while traveling for work.

Plan for the Plane

There are some things you can do on the plane (review reports, compose emails) and some things that you can’t (phone conferences.) Plan your time on the plane so that you can actively work and get a few things nail down. That way, when you arrive at your destination, you can hopefully take the time you need to unwind and relax.

Eat Healthy

Eating healthy doesn’t just happen when you’re out of town—you have to plan for it.

That could mean bringing healthy snacks like nuts, granola bars, or even fruit. Or it could mean making healthy choices from room service. When ordering breakfast, for example, swap your fried potatoes for fruit and ask for whole-wheat toast rather than white. Choose the salmon instead of pizza. Order your burger with veggies instead of fries.

The point is that you can’t view travel as a free pass to eat badly, especially if you travel frequently. You’ll feel better—and probably be more productive—if you fuel your body properly.

Get Moving

Let’s face it, there’s rarely a free two hours to hit the gym while travelling. So sometimes you need to get downright creative in order to keep in shape. Waiting for your flight? You can get an easy half-mile in just walking up and down your concourse for a few minutes.

Once you get to your room, it doesn’t take a lot of space—or a lot of time—to get a workout in. There are so many great apps these days, including 7 Minute Workout Challenge, Sworkit, and even Map My Run if you prefer to hit the road.

Even better? A treadmill in your hotel room. While this is certainly not always available, more and more hotel chains are experimenting with mini gyms in hotel rooms. If that sounds good to you, it’s worth asking about.

Give Yourself a Break

You work hard when you’re out of town. Make sure to also build in some time for yourself. If you’re in Miami, that could mean a walk along the beach. If you’re in Chicago, that might mean a visit to The Art Institute of Chicago.

But you might also enjoy just blocking two hours out of your schedule to video chat with your family, followed by a nice room service meal, maybe a glass of wine and a movie.

Even better? Pack a book you’ve been meaning to read and settle in, knowing you won’t be interrupted by anyone.

The Good Life—All the Time

It can be exhausting to travel frequently for work, but there is one nice thing about a hotel room: You don’t look around and see all kinds of things that need to be done.

There is a way to capture that same feeling at home. Quite simply, you just need to control the clutter, which has been proven by research to be distracting.

If you find that you just have too much stuff for your space, consider renting a self storage unit. At StorageMart, we offer clean, well-lit storage units in a variety of sizes—all of which can be rented on a month-to-month basis. Check out our storage unit guide or rent a unit online today.

You definitely want to feel on top of your game while traveling, but you also want to feel good at home. StorageMart can help make that happen.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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