As many busy, frequent travelers know, staying focused and motivated when you’re jumping from city to city can be tough. Whether you’re traveling for work, leisure (or both), meetings, sightseeing and sunny, gorgeous days can be quite distracting. I’m currently on my 4th week of traveling across Europe for both work and pleasure. The upside (besides the constant adventures) is that I’m always at least 6 hours ahead of NYC, so I’m already far ahead on work (or practically done!) before New Yorkers even roll out of bed. The downside is that there are so many gorgeous sites and cities to see that my wanderlust bug is constantly biting.
Luckily, thanks to modern technology, I’m able to work on-the-go quite frequently. There is virtually an app or portable device for EVERYTHING. Whether I need to work on the backend of StyleFox, edit, write, read, workout, listen to music or get inspired by a podcast, everything I need is conveniently at my fingertips. Here are my tech travel essentials for staying focused and motivated on-the-go.
There is one thing just about every successful, focused person has in common and that is that they read frequently. When you’re feeling uninspired or unmotivated, pick up a great business book. I love Richard Branson’s, Business Stripped Bare. Reading is something I do everyday and I find it to be essential to my productivity and success.
It’s so easy to get behind on reading when you’re traveling. During the days, you’re on-the-go and at night you’re so wiped out that you crash as soon as you hit the bed. That’s why I LOVE smartphone reading apps, such as Kindle. Gone are the days of lugging around heavy books when traveling. While I love the touch of book pages at home, when I’m on-the-go, I need convenience. Lugging around heavy books when you’re traveling is just not realistic and being able to read from your smartphone anywhere is pretty amazing.
Audio books make reading hands-free, and when you’re on the go, that’s everything! You can listen on your phone with headphones or if you’re eating, in the shower or taking a relaxing bath, you can simply sync your phone to a portable wireless speaker to amplify the sound. Thanks to Lenovo, I’m now the proud owner of their stylish 500 Bluetooth® Speaker. This sleek little speaker has helped me step up my audio book listening experience. It has powerful 270 degree sound so I can finally thoroughly hear my audio books when I’m showering. Yes, showering while listening to books is a “thing” I do and I highly recommend you try it!
Apps that help you stay organized will make your life so much easier when traveling. If you don’t have a smartphone that has ample space to download plenty of business and organization apps, you need to upgrade your phone ASAP. I can’t imagine running my business without apps like Google Spreadsheets, Hootsuite, Evernote, or WordPress. These apps make it possible for me to work from my phone and that is essential when you’re traveling.
When you’re traveling, keeping up with your regular fitness routine can be challenging. That’s where portable workouts come into play. Whether you do yoga, pilates, boxing, or otherwise, you can easily look up a workout video on YouTube and save your favorites on your phone’s homescreen. Online workouts make it possible to do a guided exercise class from anywhere!
A Wireless Speaker + Great Music
Can you imagine a world without music? Listening to music that you love can help wake you up and keep you focused and motivated during any activity. Especially when you’re working or working out. So, next time you feel like you’re dragging, tired, or uninspired, put on your favorite playlist. If you love music and you don’t have a portable wireless speaker, I highly recommend you get one. Now that I have my Lenovo™ 500 Bluetooth® Speaker, I can easily play music wirelessly at the touch of a button. No plugs or fuss. And here’s the coolest part -I can also use it for making calls on speakerphone. So, not only can you listen to music, but you can also switch from a jam session to a business call with the press of a button. At just 1.6 pounds, with a rechargeable 1800 mhA battery with up to 4 hours of playback time, powerful 270 degree sound, and CSR 4.0 Bluetooth® technology, the Lenovo™ 500 Bluetooth® Speaker is not only sleek and portable, it’s also highly functional. I’m a fan for life!
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