At the base of a good entrepreneur and intrapreneur, you will find ambition and motivation.
Even if you are born with these traits, many times there is plenty of hard work involved to keep your productivity at its best potential. Sometimes productivity requires you to improvise and adapt to your surroundings, to make the most out of anything that is offered even on those especially difficult days.
The truth is that everything can be acquired with a good mindset and I’m going to tell you exactly what you have to keep in mind to ignite and maintain that ambition.
1. Be Willing To Do Uncomfortable Things
Playing it safe can only take you so far.
Sometimes you have to listen to your instinct and thrive for more. You have to live by the rules you break. Two-thirds of flyers are willing to bend or break the rules.
They’re also willing to take risks: nearly half (44%) say they gain insight by learning on the go and experimenting with new approaches. When it comes to their careers, they find the most satisfaction in tackling challenging problems (32%), being creative (20%), and constantly learning new things (19%).
They find inspiration in the clouds: One in four people said they get their best ideas when traveling. That means that over 300,000 brilliant ideas could be born on flights every day.
Thinking outside the box requires you to take advantage of every opportunity, even the obvious ones that are right in front of you but you never considered before. It’s a networking scene at 35,000 feet: One in five people surveyed has done business with someone they met on a plane – that’s potentially more than a quarter of a million connections made daily.
2. Keep Yourself On The Edge
I’m not here to deny that being constantly on the go can get quite exhausting but to recommend that if you are going to exhaust yourself, you better keep it entertaining. This can be either related to the destination or your planned activities (which yes, you should always have, besides working).
Try to always end up somewhere new. The majority sees business travel as an opportunity to experience new things, with 65 extending their trips to explore a new country. It’s an adventure: more than half (53%) prefer to wing it when it comes to planning an itinerary.
Don’t be afraid to blur the lines between business and pleasure: Nine in ten mix pleasure into every business trip they take.
3. Take Care of Your True Needs
Nearly one in three (31%) leave the plane briefcase in hand, ready to get back to the grind right away. Another third isn’t much further behind, finding themselves on the job within a few hours. While staying in motion is important, so is to be capable of maintaining your focus and not falling asleep at the office.
This is where we go back at #1 and recommend taking advantage of every opportunity.
Most travelers (56%) purposely get to the airport early so they can spend at least an hour enjoying the lounge. They see it as a place to be productive and relax. While many (42%) get work done and take advantage of the Wi-Fi (65%), the majority (81%) spend their time dining, and one in five (21%) even indulge in a massage or facial.
Keeping this in mind, the majority of your time is still being spent flying, not in the airport, and it’s important to value your time.
Whether for stimulation or rejuvenation, make every moment count. More than half (57%) check out inflight entertainment, while 14% grab a drink from the bar and 13% relax with a book. More than one in ten (11%) catch up on sleep while only 3% focus solely on work.
Try to make a list of things that keep your mental and physical health at their finest and sprinkle them on your itinerary as often as possible.