How To Deal With A Work Trip You Did Not Want To Take?

What to do when you are forced to take a work trip?

 
How To Deal With A Work Trip You Did Not Want To Take?
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While for some travelling, even for work, is always a pleasure. But then there are some of us who do not like to travel, especially for work. It might involve completing deadlines prior to targets, finishing reports and presentation at the last minute, or simply may ruin our personal plans with family and friends. Also, when you like a set routine, travelling can spoil it.

And travelling for work is not like travelling for pleasure. It involves ironed formals, formal dinners, and the company of colleagues and seniors. It can be quite a dampener.

In the film ‘Up In The Air’, George Clooney realises how lonely it can get when he has to travel alone for work. What was initially exciting became a drag to his mind
In the film ‘Up In The Air’, George Clooney realises how lonely it can get when he has to travel alone for work. What was initially exciting became a drag to his mind

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Anindita Gupta, Co-Founder of Scenic Communication, says, “It rarely happens that I don’t want to go on a work trip, especially when I am tired due to the work pressure. But when it is impossible to skip a trip, I keep myself motivated by thinking about the fun I am going to have. I try to meet friends in the city or explore the place if I am going there for the first time. I also like to spend some me-time on business trips, and that helps when I am travelling alone.”

So, how to do you make the most of it when you are forced to travel for work?

Planning Well

Careful planning is the secret to every successful trip, and work travel is no different. From wardrobe to commute to arriving on time, plan everything in detail. You have to especially smart about these things when you are travelling with your colleagues or boss.

You can also check whether your schedule allows you for some sightseeing, as this can spruce up an otherwise boring only-work trip. Even if you are not in a metro city, you don’t have to spend the entire time in the hotel room. Every destination, no matter how small, has something to keep you and your co-workers entertained.

Remain Positive

Even of you did not want to go, there is no point of whining or venting while you are there. This could actually ruin any opportunity the trip might offer. Smile and remain positive. Anticipate that there might be a few delays or uncomfortable moments during your journey, and resolve not to let them get to you. Attitudes are infectious, and a good one or a bad one can set the tone for everyone on your trip.

So, make the most of it when you are forced to travel for work.

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