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Here’s Why Solo Female Travelers Are Amazing Employees

Here’s Why Solo Female Travelers Are Amazing Employees

If you need to get a job done, there may be no better way to do it than sending your best woman out on the road. And while the solo female traveler, particularly the solo female business traveler, may be less common than their male counterpart, they have some unique skill sets that can help get the job done quickly and effectively when they are out on the road.

1. They won’t go unless it’s really needed.

Do you ever wonder if all of your team’s travel is actually needed or necessary? Well, you can rest easy if you’re sending your best women out on the road alone. Considering the extra safety precautions she’ll have to take into account, alongside the preparation and planning work she’ll do to keep her family in working order while she’s gone, she’s only going to take that trip if it’s absolutely necessary and if it’s going to be more effective than getting work done via phone or email.

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2. They are careful with expenses.

Most women are careful and conscientious when it comes to spending the company’s money and you’re less likely to worry about unapproved expenses, like visits to adult entertainment-themed restaurants, sneaking into those expense reports. Along the same vein, they are more tolerant of layovers or longer plane rides in order to nab cost-effective fares, since they want to make sure they are prudently spending company resources.

3. They won’t travel longer than needed.

Eager to get back home to their friends, family, and daily lives, many women will choose to come home as quickly as possible. That saves the company valuable expense costs for hotel nights and food.

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4. They are focused and will get the job done.

Since business travel is viewed as more of a necessity than a perk by many women (particularly those with families), when they travel, they will focus on being as efficient and effective as possible. That means not only do they only take trips when necessary, but they try to make sure each trip they take is as effective and productive as possible.

5. They will plan and prepare in advance.

When you have to keep your family’s plans going while you’re out on the road, preparation is a natural part of the cycle. That preparation and planning bleeds into how solo female travelers do their jobs, too. It’s unlikely that she’ll show up at a meeting without critical documents or even thought-starters on how to further the business.

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6. They will exercise good judgement.

Solo female travelers are used to taking precautions and making decisions based on safety. They are seasoned at evaluating situations and will not put themselve in unnecessary danger.

7. They will check in with you and keep you updated.

Checking in and keeping teams updated is the normal modus operendi for many great team leaders, and when your best women are out on the road, they still manage to do this — despite the travel.

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8. They won’t draw too much attention to themselves.

It’s easier to spot business travelers than we think, and those working for well-known companies could become targets for thieves or other troublemakers. Solo female travelers are used to blending in as they travel. Calling attention to oneself, especially when travelling alone, isn’t recommended for privacy and safety reasons.

9. They are open to adventure and risk taking.

It takes a certain type to head out on the road by yourself, and it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for a risk taker that will evaluate business opportunities holistically, it’s time to get your best women out on the road!

Featured photo credit: Business Traveller and airport phones / Matthew Hurst via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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