29 Mar 5 Tips for Getting Work Done on an Airplane
The more time you spend in the air the more you’ll realize that this is a great time to “get stuff done.”
Although traveling by car may be your preferred method of transportation, this doesn’t afford the opportunity to get work done on the way to your destination. As a result, you’re missing out on valuable time.
While some people are successful in getting work done on an airplane, others find this next to impossible. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to change your approach. With a few simple tweaks, you’ll soon realize that you can work in an efficient manner as you soar through the sky.
- Search for Space
Simply put, the more space you have the easier it is to get work done.
The best way to ensure yourself of plenty of space is to fly business or first class. While this will cost you more money, the comfort level is sure to put a smile on your face.
Even when flying coach, there are a few things you can do to get a bit more space. For example, opt for an exit row (if possible) as this will give you more leg room.
Another thing to consider is moving to the back of the plane. Many people don’t want to sit here, as it takes longer to get off the plane, so you may find yourself with an empty seat next to you.
- Choose Flights with Wi-Fi
Go back in time many years and internet access on an airplane was nothing more than a dream. In today’s day and age, this is something a growing number of travelers have come to expect.
Although Wi-Fi is not available on every flight, you should be able to find several that provide this feature. When possible, only choose flights with Wi-Fi. This one change to the way you book air travel will definitely put you in position to get more work done.
- Be Prepared to Work
If you don’t prepare yourself to work during your flight, you may find that you’re missing something of importance.
For example, if you’re working on a particular project, download the necessary documents in advance. By taking this step, you’ll be in good shape even if you’re unable to access the internet.
- You Need a Full Charge
There is nothing more frustrating than pulling out your laptop (or tablet), just to realize that you’re low on battery power.
It’s good practice to charge all your devices before you board your plane. You’ll have plenty of time to do this as you wait for the plane to arrive at the gate.
Tip: many newer planes have power outlets that are compatible with standard plugs. Of course, you shouldn’t expect this to always be the case.
- Cover Your Ears
Like many people, you probably do your best work in a quiet environment. Unfortunately, you have no control over other passengers.
With this in mind, there’s something you can do: wear noise canceling headphones.
Once you cover your ears with these, you can go to a “quiet place” and enjoy the fact that you can work in peace.
Three Things Not To Do
You now have a better idea of the things you can do to get more work done on an airplane. Now, it’s time to focus on things that you should absolutely avoid.
- Don’t Make a Mess
Imagine this: you have your laptop computer on the tray table in front of you. Next to it is a cold glass of Coke. Is there anything better than this setup?
The problem comes into play when the person in front of you suddenly reclines his or her seat. If this happens, your drink could spill. As a result, your computer could be damaged and your trip could be ruined.
It’s important to protect yourself and equipment against this type of trouble.
- Don’t Ignore Others
It goes without saying that you’ll need to keep to yourself to get your work done. However, don’t do so to the point of ignoring those around you.
Remember this: airplanes are a great place to network and meet others. This doesn’t mean you have to speak with everyone on the plane, but don’t cut yourself off completely. You never know when you’ll meet somebody who can help advance your career.
- Don’t Lose Track of Your Carry On Bag
You need easy access to your carry on bag, as there’s a good chance that this is where you’re keeping all your work material.
If possible, keep your bag under the seat in front of you. This way, when the time comes, you can grab everything you need and immediately get to work.
You don’t want to store your carry on in an overhead compartment that is far from your seat. In this case, you’re forced to walk to another part of the plane to get what you need. And as you know, that’s not always easy.
Some people get on an airplane with the idea that they’re going to do nothing more than rest. Others realize that this is an opportunity to get work done, thus remaining efficient as they travel.
If you’ve tried and failed at working on an airplane in the past, this advice should put you in a better place in the future. You now have a clear idea of the steps you need to take, as well as a few things you should try to avoid.
What do you think of this advice? Do you have other suggestions for working efficiently when traveling by plane? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.