I don’t know about you, but I love flying. Everything about it. From packing, to driving into the airport, and checking in 2 hours early. For me it’s a window of time to settle down, unwind and indulge myself in a cup of fresh Starbucks coffee and observe planes taking off. I’ve learned to make my flight times and airport layovers efficient and worthwhile and get stuff done without interruption. I’ve compiled a list of 10 simple ways to have a productive flight. I hope you find these tips useful and whether you are flying for the 50th time or this is your first plane trip, use this flight time to your advantage!
1. Organize emails.
We usually travel with our phones and laptops. We have constant access to wifi. And for the longest time you’ve been telling yourself ” I REALLY REALLY need to clean up my email inbox”. Right? Well, now you’ve got some free time to do just that. Tidy up your email inbox, trash all that junk email you’ve been meaning to do for the longest time and feel your email breathe a sigh of relief.
2. Tidy up your wallet or purse.
This usually needs to be done BEFORE your flight. But if you’ve been short on time lately, while you’re waiting on your plane to take off, set aside a few minutes and declutter your purse or wallet. Get rid of old receipts, gum wrappers, your ten pens,and business cards you don’t need anymore. Not only will you travel lighter, but you won’t have to dig through your things to get to your boarding tickets and passport.
3. Finish reading that book.
The quiet hums of the plane engines are the perfect setting in which to enjoy a good read. If you can’t focus with flight noises, use soft foam earplugs to block out those sounds around you. During my last four hour flight I completed reading the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
4. Clean out your phone or tablet photo library.
You really don’t need thirty of the same photographs stored on your phone. That’s just precious phone storage gone to waste. Go through your phone, iPad, tablet and get rid of photos that just take up space. I had 2400 photos stored on my iPhone. Took a good 30 min to go through each one and trash what was pointless. Got down to 1800 photos. Quite productive I must say…
5. Laptop housekeeping.
I guarantee you. There is SO much junk and unnecessary stuff /files on your laptop that need to be sent to trash. So if you do have your laptop with you, go ahead and do a bit of housekeeping and clean out your document files, photo folders, downloads, desktop, etc…
The most common way to bypass time on a plane. But really, do your body a huge favor and catch up on some sleep. Take earplugs, a travel pillow and snooze away. You’ll feel more energized and awake when you arrive at your destination.
7. Play a brain game.
8. Make an agenda.
If you don’t already have one, make an agenda for your trip and the week ahead of you. Plan for your trip, places you want to see, people you want to meet etc..
9. Talk to your neighbor.
This one my husband came up with. He has met some very interesting and cool people through this. He is more of a conversation starter and than I am. But seriously, if you don’t mind talking to strangers, engage yourself in a conversation with the person next to you! Share your stories and travel adventures. You never know who may be sitting next to you. Every one of us has a story to tell.
Airplanes are THE perfect place to let your mind unravel and really dig deep into your thoughts. Let your creativity unfold. If you have no journal or paper on hand, ask for a few napkins and just write away. Some of the most brilliant ideas, stories, and creations have come out of doing this.
Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight. Happy travels!!