I have a very defined “Comfort Zone” when it comes to routine tasks. Take my workout, for example. Ever since college, I’ve exercised between 4pm and 6pm every day. Girlfriends, guy-friends, siblings, co-workers, and even my wife have tried in vain to get me to switch to mornings, but it just isn’t going to happen. “You’re life would be so much easier if you would just exercise in the mornings, trust me.” Yea… uh, no. I would rather tattoo my eyelids than get up and exercise early in the morning. I’ve tried. Don’t email me with testimonials either, it’s simply not going to happen. Ever.
I’ve booked my trips with our corporate on-line travel tools that I don’t think I could ever be comfortable doing it any other way. It’s all linked to my calendar, it’s so easy to use, all of my travel numbers are in that system, I don’t have to pick up the phone and talk to anybody, it just works, every time. It’s not that I can’t use Travelocity or Expedio or Priceline, etc, I just don’t want to. It’s too far out of my comfort zone.
Does your company allow you to book personal trips with the corporate travel software? I bet that didn’t even occur to you, did it? Have you asked? Most companies allow it, as long as you pay for it and it doesn’t get billed to the company, obviously. Here are some tips:
<!–[if !supportLists]–>1. <!–[endif]–>Clear it with your manager. You’ve heard the expression, “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission?” Well, this is definitely NOT one of those occasions. Jobs are hard to come by these days, and you don’t want to lose yours on a technicality, so be sure your boss gives you the “OK!”
<!–[if !supportLists]–>2. <!–[endif]–>Keep a personal credit card in your travel profile so you don’t accidentally bill the company. Most of these travel tools allow you to record many different credit card numbers in your travel profile. Add one in there that’s not a company card and you’re set to go. Just remember to choose that card for a personal trip.
<!–[if !supportLists]–>3. <!–[endif]–>Enjoy the corporate rate! Airline tickets, hotels, and especially rental cars all have sweet corporate discounts. My company is big enough, that our negotiated rate for a rental car is $180 per week for a compact car. That’s dirt cheap!
So, don’t leave your comfort zone if you don’t have to. The last time I tried to workout at 5:30 in the morning, I almost threw up on the treadmill… I took it as a sign!
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