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Business VoIP Provider Nextiva Offers Tips for the Road Warrior

October 29, 2012

By Susan J. Campbell, Business VoIP Contributing Editor

Business VoIP continues to bring significant cost savings to users through its ability to connect partners at remote locations thereby decreasing the percentage of the budget dedicated to travel costs. But there are still situations that require an employee to travel. Fortunately, business VoIP solutions continue to be of value, even to the travelling employee.

The communication tools available in business VoIP solutions bring all the benefits of the normal workplace, except for the physical familiarity that the worker is accustom to, according to this Nextiva blog post. While on the road, being productive can be a challenge, but access to the corporate network is often a requirement. 

To make the most of your time on the road, Nextiva offers a few tips.

As a result, it’s recommended that a dedicated workspace be established, whether its desk at a hotel or a comfortable chair in a quiet lounge or a coffee shop on the corner. Creating a short list of work goals is also a good idea. The list should include priorities that must be done at the top. Anything below those first few points should include non-essential work items and future goals that must be achieved in the near future.

Being able to zone in on work and block out the unfamiliar sights and sounds can be a challenge. Start with your own processes – don’t tie your personal e-mail into the equation and keep the personal social media applications off your work computer. It’s difficult not to people watch or avoid the conversations and happenings around you, so try to work in a low traffic area and wear ear buds with work-friendly music pumping through them to further block out distractions.

Everybody’s work rhythms differ. While most of the civilized world is modeled to be at their most productive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the travelling worker might have a different window of productivity and to use business VoIP. Whatever it is, lock it in and try to put your best efforts of productivity into that timeframe. The most difficult work tasks of the day should be included in this window. 

There will be days when commuting from hotel to the airport and from airplane to hotel will be part of the workday when things need to get accomplished. These hours are the ones where the easiest work needs to be tackled. While many airlines are offering hotspots on the plane, many still do not, so any work that requires an Internet connection should be planned for the hotel. 

Finally, don’t be afraid to take a day off. Business VoIP brings a great many benefits to the traveling worker, but it’s important to unplug and refresh the batteries from time to time to avoid burnout and to stay productive.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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