While on my way to Phoenix, I started thinking about how we spend all this time on an airplane and how that time could be used, especially for any entrepreneur or side hustler! If you think that being on an airplane just means sitting there bored out of your mind and that there’s no way to be productive because there’s (typically) no WiFi, I’m here to tell you otherwise.
Since I knew that this was a longer flight, traveling from Philly to Las Vegas and ultimately to our destination in Phoenix, I made sure to brainstorm how I could use this extra time to be productive and work on my business. If you plan on traveling soon and are trying to think of ways you can use the extra time in the air to work on your biz, then you’ve come to the right place.
Here are some of my tips for how you can be productive while traveling and also take good care of yourself, because that is also very important while traveling. I also added in some photos from our trip to Phoenix 🙂
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#1 Bring your laptop (if you have one)
Even though I can’t go on WiFi on the plane, mainly because I’m too cheap to pay for the additional WiFi charge, there are still so many ways I can work on my business. If you’re a blogger, this is the perfect opportunity to get some writing in with minimal distractions – other than maybe the occasional “sorry everyone, we’re experiencing some turbulence” during your flight or a baby crying, the flight is usually pretty quiet.
If you are also able to work on any client work or business work without the use of WiFi, bring that with you on the plane to do while you’re flying! During my flight to Phoenix, I had a new client that I was helping build a new resume for. I saved their current resume locally on my laptop and wrote down notes for what they were looking for, so during the flight I was able to work on their new resume! I live for this kind of productivity!
A picture we took during our Jeep Desert Tour in Arizona!
#2 Download Podcasts to Your Phone
This is the PERFECT time to binge some podcasts that you’ve been wanting to listen to or just haven’t had the time to catch up on. Download the podcast episodes to your phone before your trip and listen to them while you’re on the flight. I downloaded a whole bunch of business/career podcast episodes from some of my favorite podcasts for my flight to Phoenix and it kept me entertained for the entire flight. Plus, listening to podcasts always gives me new ideas/motivation and since I was on a longer flight I was able to start running with those new ideas.
And this kind of leads me to the next point…
#3 Brainstorm Ideas
How many times can you honestly say you had time to just sit there and brainstorm?! When I’m at home or at work, it can be hard to make time specifically for brainstorming. I’ll usually get an idea randomly during the workday and make note of it in my phone but I rarely get the time to dedicate just to brainstorming ideas.
While you’re on a flight, you don’t really have anywhere you can go and this makes it a great place to sit there and just come up with some new creative ideas for your biz.
This is also a great time to write down items in your planner, whether it’s upcoming deadlines, client work, blog posts, etc. – you can spend some quality time with your planner while you’re traveling. I took my Content Planner with me while I was traveling and made sure to spend some time planning while on our flight.
Before the PSU vs. Washington game at the Fiesta Bowl!
#4 Read a Self-Help or Business Book
Is there a book you’ve been meaning to read that you think will help you grow personally or one that you’ve been wanting to read for your biz? Bring it with you while you’re traveling and when you want to take some time to read – break out the book and enjoy! I recently won the “You are a Badass” book in a giveaway that GenTwenty was doing, which I was so excited about because I never win any raffles or prizes (it’s just my luck lol). “You are a Badass” is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a long time so while I was on my flight I would take breaks from doing “work” and would read for a little while. I actually made a pretty big dent in the book just by reading it during my flights.
PS – if you’re looking for an amazing self-help book, definitely check out the You Are a Badass book! I love how honest the author is and the strategies she gives you in the book really do help change your mindset.
#5 Drink Water!
This tip probably seems random, but honestly it’s a lifesaver and helps me stay energized while on a longer flight! What I do is bring an empty water bottle with me when I’m traveling and then fill it up at the water fountain in the airport before my flight leaves. This way I have water with me throughout the flight and can drink it whenever I’m thirsty! By having your own water, this means you don’t have to wait around for drinks to be served on your flight 🙂
I use my Swell water bottle everyday and even when I’m traveling, it’s by my side at all times. What’s perfect about these water bottles is that they keep your water cold for up to 24 hours and are very useful when traveling. Plus if you’re staying in a hotel, you may not have water bottles handy all the time and so if you bring your own, you can fill it up at the water fountain in the hotel (most hotels should have one) and that way you are always hydrated no matter what!
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