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In my previous blog, we talked about how to prepare you, your family and team, and your business for your trip to an on-site conference… it’s the season, you know! Once you have everything locked down and arrive at your event, it’s time to focus.

As simple as it sounds, it’s actually much more difficult. Between our digital devices, the friends we meet unexpectedly and want to catch up with, and the stress of trying to deal with pressing issues at work or home, it’s hard not to get distracted during a conference. However, in order to get the most out of your experience, you need to make sure to protect your priorities. These tips can help you stay on track and get the most out of your time at a conference:

1. Know what you want to get out of the conference before you leave. Do you plan to focus (that word again!) on education, new technologies and/or connecting with your peers? Decide how you want to spend your time.

2. Set a schedule. Once you’ve decided on your mission, create a plan so you can stay on track, rather than “let it slip away.”

3. Set alarms on your phone. Depending on the schedule you have established, set alarms to receive a reminder for each session and not miss anything from the conference!

4. Limit your screen time. Besides the alarm on your phone and checking your daily conference agenda, try to limit the time you spend on your phone as this will distract you from your main priorities such as education, learning new solutions and collaboration with your peers.

5. Build your usual routine. Try to keep a regular schedule at the conference for eating, sleeping, and your physical and mental health. It will help you stay energized and productive.

Make the most of your time at your next conference!

Staying focused is key to getting the insights and experiences from a conference. It’s all too easy to let your attention be divided or others distract you from your goals in the midst of travel, conference activities, socializing, and disruption of your routine. Use the tips above to make sure you stay on track so you leave your next event accomplishing the desired results.