A few years ago, I traveled quite frequently for work. I was making runs to Boston about every week or every other week for a project, and to save time because my role was small I would hop a red-eye flight, do what I needed to do and then turn around that evening & come home. It certainly can be exhausting, but I used to do work for about three hours and then catch about three hours of sleep and then I was ready to hit the ground running for my work day.
When I travel, I don't like to be idle. That is usually the time when it is the quietest for me, so I really like to maximize my time. Here are a few things that I like to tackle:
- Reading or Listening to a Book – On my last trip to Michigan, I got thru two books and began a third. They were quick reads, but I didn't really have time at home to get through the books, so this was the perfect time.
- Blog Posts – I usually try to write at least two or three entries using my old school notebook, but I just upgraded to this and I am looking forward to my new school writing notebook.
- Bible Reading – Since space is limited in my messenger bag or my carry-on, I will read my passage using the YouVersion Bible App on my iPad or iPod Touch. You can also find other mobile apps here.
- Strategic Thinking – I usually use this time to re-visit my goals (work or personal) or outline projects that I am currently looking to begin.
- Note Writing – I know this is an old-fashioned thought, but I love to write cards and drop them in the mail from wherever my domestic destination is. I can usually write about 10 cards in about 45 minutes. I learned this little idea from John Maxwell, and it really ends up making someone's day. Try it, I think you will love it.
So…there you have it…a few things that can keep you occupied while on your next flight. You can always watch a movie or listen to your favorite tunes while cruising at 37,000 feet. Once my feet hit the ground it's all business.
What do you do with your flight time?
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