When you are planning a business trip, there are many things you need to keep in mind. Planning ahead will improve your productivity during any trip, but especially if you’re traveling to an unfamiliar area. If you’ve never spent much time in Chicago, Illinois, then this guide is for you!
Use All the Right Apps
Before your travels, you should have a few essential apps already installed on your smartphone so that you can stay on top of everything. The ones you should include are the airline app for the flight you’re taking, TripIt, Uber or Lyft, Evernote, Google Drive, and OpenTable.
TripIt, in particular, can make your life easier when you are going on a business trip. You can store all the details of your travels right in the app and plan your itinerary to ensure that you get everything done that you need to do.
Choosing the Right Lodgings
If you are visiting Chicago, Illinois and will be checking out hotels in downtown Chicago, close to the Navy Pier, there are a few options that are popular with business travelers.
The Hyatt Regency Chicago is close to Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and the Magnificent Mile — right in the heart of Chicago. Its great location is just one part of why it’s popular with businesspeople. Spacious rooms, stunning views, and on-site amenities like meeting facilities, a world-class bar restaurant, concierge access, and a fitness center make it an all-in-one hotel that also puts everything Chicago offers on your doorstep. Head over to their page to see more about how they can help make your trip more productive.
The Hotel Chicago Downtown is in Chicago’s River North area, just a bit west of Navy Pier. It’s also close to Millennium Park. With meeting event spaces, fitness center, and fine rooms, this is a frequent choice of budget-minded business travelers.
Use Downtime Wisely
When you are between meetings and other important business-related activities, you should take advantage of downtime. Just zoning out or mindlessly browsing online is a total waste when you’re on the road. Instead of doing things for leisure, you can spend your downtime checking and replying to your business emails, editing presentations and documents, read work-related materials and more. If you spend even just 20 minutes per day while on your business trip, you can keep up on your productivity.
Add All Important Events to Your Calendar
One of the best ways to stay productive during your Chicago business trip is to add all important events to your calendar ahead of time. If you know you will be giving a huge presentation at your hotel, add that. If you have a big lunch date with a few business associates on the third day of your trip, add that to your calendar as well. Generally, everything you have to do should immediately be added. Even if you learn of something new that you need to do while you’re on the trip, you will want to add it as soon as possible. Google Calendar is probably the most powerful tool for this task.
Stick to Your Normal Schedule
It may seem difficult and even impossible at times but stick to your normal daily schedule while you’re on your business trip. Eat your meals at the same time as you normally do when you’re home and go to bed and wake up at the same times as usual. This will ensure that you will be fresh the next day and won’t miss a beat. It may be difficult if you reside in a different time zone than Illinois’ Central Daylight Time, but with determination, it can be done.
These are all great ways to stay productive while on your Chicago business trip. If you can do these things you should be on the way toward a successful business trip to the Windy City.