By all indications, summer has been busy for bookings in Canada this year (perhaps that's due to the seemingly below-seasonal temperatures?) so it should be an easy transition into the more hectic months ahead. At PAX, the calendar is filling up once again so we're getting ready to hit the ground running. Regardless of whether you're at an agency, tour operator, airline, hotel or in any other capacity within this vast industry, we thought we'd offer a survival guide of sorts to help you prepare.
1. Plan ahead: Every Friday, plan for the week ahead so you don't have to worry over the weekend about what's coming at you Monday morning. Further to that, before leaving the office, make a To Do list for the following day (based on your list for the week) and rate each task in order of priority. Remember to focus first on the items that offer the most return, and when possible, delegate the others.
2. Interact & engage: The sharing of ideas is often important in improving our own work so be sure to keep in contact with colleagues to stay "in the know" about what's going on in other areas of the business that apply to your work or where there might be opportunity for synergies. From a different perspective, if you find yourself at industry functions, engage with those around you to make the most of your time there, learning things about your host and other guests so you come away feeling that your time was valuably spent.
3. Don't forget to disconnect: It's often tough to remove yourself from work, especially since we carry the office around with us thanks to smartphones. But for the sake of sanity, be sure to take some time to unplug and unwind at the end of the day. Rewarding yourself in this simple way will create a sense of peace and calmness, allowing you to feel better prepared for the day ahead.
4. Eat well! When we're caught up in the hustle and bustle of day to day tasks, we might often catch ourselves grabbing fast food for lunch or dinner and hurrying back to the office. Not only does this take a toll on our bodies, it also takes a toll on our minds as we are not nourishing ourselves properly for optimal performance. Maximize your energy levels by eating fruits and vegetables, limiting sugar intake, drinking lots of water and while you're at it, finding time to exercise, even if it is a short walk at some point during the day.
5. Sleep well! Does this really need explaining? Sleep well to stay sharp, alert and on top of your game. Studies show that lack of sleep results in reduced productivity. "In the short term, a lack of adequate sleep can affect judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury," says Harvard Medical School. "In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality." How can you argue with that?
Do you have your own survival tips to share? Please comment below!