Great founders are always looking for an edge to increase their performance, especially in the face of limited time. As the saying goes, time equals money. I'll add that sanity equals money, and so does health. And it's often hardest to maintain your time, health and sanity while traveling.
Having completed at least 40 round-trips so far in 2015, I've traveled across the country for SkyBell, my two-year-old startup that makes a video doorbell you can answer from a smartphone. I constantly travel for funding, business development and strategic development purposes.
Below are several hacks crucial to my success as a founder and my ability to execute SkyBell's vision of making home security affordable for everyone. These tips keep me healthy, keep me sane and help me maximize the time spent traveling.
Staying healthy is the most important part of traveling: not only does it keep you productive while you travel, it also helps to prevent you from getting sick - which hurts productivity. Here are a few items that work for me that could work just as well for you:
- Eat well. Bring healthy snacks on the plane and pack healthy foods for your hotel room. Options: coconut flakes, raw almonds, protein powder, avocado, dark chocolate and KIND bars.
- Stay hydrated. Flying dehydrates you, which decreases cognition and patience. Both are key for staying productive and sane while you travel. Drink water.
- Exercise. Exercising keeps you healthy and fights jet lag. Hit the hotel gym or ask an Airbnb host for a place to run and do pushups, sit-ups and planks in your room.
- Supplement your diet. Taking extra vitamin C before and during travel helps boost your immune system. Vitamin D in the morning also helps.
- Use the F.lux App for Jetlag. Whenever you fly east, use the F.lux app a few hours before you go to bed. This app removes the blue and white light from your computer screen. This helps your brain recognize that it's nighttime and starts to produce natural melatonin.
Traveling frequently creates small pockets of wasted time due to boarding and delays. It's enough time to waste yet not enough to get anything done. Podcasts are the best way to remedy this situation: subscribe to something that educates you or makes you laugh. Some of my go-to podcasts include The Full Ratchet by Nick Moran and The Nerdist, started by Chris Hardwick.
Try these out and see what works best for you. Give them a fair shot too. I never anticipated how much these simple, old school tips could really make my traveling life easier. They can also really save you in a pinch. Good luck out there and safe travels!
Andrew Thomas is a co-founder of SkyBell - a smart home security company that is making homes and neighborhoods safer with home automation products that users access and control from their smartphone.