As an entrepreneur, you know that every second counts. This means maximizing all time spent sitting or standing around. One common source of waiting around is often during a flight or commute. If you spend hours every day sitting in traffic or on the subway, you know how all that lost time adds up. In order to be effective even when transitioning between locations, make sure you can get work done on a flight or commute. Follow these tips on how to be productive while sitting around:
Bring a Tablet to Read and Write – Tablets are useful tools for small business owners because they balance portability with functionality. You have the large screen to watch videos, write emails, and read electronic books without needing too much space. PowerPoint files or Excel spreadsheets can be easily accessed and edited with the touch-screen interface of tablets. At the same time, you can toss the tablet into any small bag without worrying about running out of space. If used effectively, tablets are a great resource while commuting for small business owners.
Carry a Kindle to Catch Up on Reading – The Amazon Kindle is a nifty device that allows you to read hundreds of books without ever having to carry a book around. Smaller than a tablet, the Kindle is an ideal platform for catching up on required reading ranging from self-learning books to company documents. What is especially nice about the Kindle is the rearranging ink technology that prevents your eyes from drying out typically experienced by those staring at a LCD screen for extended periods of time. The additional portability of a Kindle makes it a perfect device for bring on planes or buses.
Listen to Recordings – If you are stuck in traffic for long periods every day, your best source of productivity comes through the form of audio. When you are done with all your necessary conference calls, make sure to tune in to any recordings from meetings you might have missed. Sitting in the car is also a great opportunity to catch up the news or any business podcasts you are subscribed to. Use the time when you are stuck in traffic to further your self-growth and learn something new.
Take Advantage of no Internet – As useful as internet may be for your small business, sometimes it can be distracting by pulling our attention away from the most urgent tasks. If you are on a plane without any internet, take the opportunity to do some detailed planning for your company. This is also a great time to brainstorm solutions for any barriers your small business is facing.