If you’re a seasoned entrepreneur, you know that flights for business trips can be long and arduous. But they’re also a great time to get a lot of work done. You’re disconnected from the rest of the world below, and nobody is bothering or interrupting you. If you aren’t purchasing Wi-Fi, there isn’t Facebook or Twitter to distract you either. Read on for details about how to get more done and stay productive on your next business trip flight.
- Respond to Emails
You may not have Internet connection on the flight, but you can use Outlook to catch up on all those emails you have to respond to. Type them out while you’re on the plane, and once you’re back on land and connected to Wi-Fi, all those emails will send automatically. You’ll start your business trip with a clean and organized inbox, and if you’re like most busy entrepreneurs, that’s not easy to achieve!
- Catch Up on Your Reading
Flights are bliss for avid readers who can’t find enough time to read when they’re on the ground. But up in the sky, with no Internet connection and no distractions, it’s the perfect environment to catch up on reading. Bring along business magazines and books that you’ve been meaning to get around to, and read them on your flight. That kind of uninterrupted time is hard to get for busy entrepreneurs, so make the most of it.
- Get Writing Done
Got contracts to draw up or forms to fill out? All that busywork is great for a flight. Bring your laptop along and write whatever you’ve been meaning to get around to. Take advantage of the opportunity to really focus without unsolicited interruptions. If the flight is long and you’re not sure if your laptop battery will last, be sure to pack your charger in your carry-on. Most airplanes nowadays have outlets for charging at every seat.
If there are things you’ve been meaning to brainstorm but haven’t gotten around to, use the flight as the opportunity to get some peaceful time to brainstorm. Been considering turning your business into a franchise? Spend some time on the flight thinking about the logistics, perhaps even making some Excel spreadsheets or flow charts to organize your thoughts. Want to take some aspect of your company in a different direction? Use the quiet time to jot down what you’re thinking.
If you’re taking a red-eye flight, chances are you’re heading straight to a meeting or other important event after you land. After you’re done prepping for the meeting, get some productive shut-eye. You can even bring along an eye mask, ear plugs, and melatonin if you plan to get some sleep on the plane. Especially as a sleep-deprived small business owner, you could probably really use that extra sleep!