The sky is the only place where many of us can completely disconnect from the world around us. With a lack of everyday distractions in the air, plane journeys can be a hive of productivity.
Sleep is the elixir of life that none of us can seem to get quite enough of in this modern age. Without adequate sleep your energy, attitude, decision-making, motor skills and judgment are compromised. Sleeping is probably the most constructive use of your time in the air. Try to time your flight with your natural sleep patterns.
Etihad Airways has been working with the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology in Abu Dhabi to devise a sleep programme for its passengers. The initiative includes a new range of foods, bedding, music and pulse point sprays.
Read business books
Do you have a ‘to read’ list that’s piling up in various places – from your bedside, to your desk, to your computer? Then why not use the plane journey to sharpen your brain. A flight can give you the time and space needed to brush up on important strategic reading or the latest current affairs analysis. If you have several titles in your backlog, then a Kindle will make things easier space-wise.
Read some classics
Always complaining that you’d love to read more ‘proper’ literature, but you don’t know where you’d find the time? A flight is the perfect excuse to lose yourself in some Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte or Leo Tolstoy. You’d be surprised how much more engaging the classics can be when you’re thousands of feet in the air with no distractions.
The breadth of podcasts available today is unprecedented. There’s something for everyone and they are usually free. Get onto to Apple iTunes before the flight and make sure your choice of podcasts is downloaded and ready to be consumed offline. Learn a new language, meditate, enjoy TED talks, or simply listen to your favourite author talk about their latest book.
Craft emails offline
Now is the time to attack that mountain of emails. In the peace and quiet of the air, you can write all the emails offline – either in draft for non-web based mail, or in Word for web-based mail. You’ll feel uncluttered and faintly virtuous when you press ‘send’ on landing.
Clean out old email
The journey time can be effectively used to go through all your old and unwanted mails. File and re-file the ones you want to keep, while the rest can be deleted. It will help your computer run faster and make it easier to find past messages when you need one.
Say hello to the person next to you. You never know what they might know that you don’t. You also don’t know who they might know that’s useful to you – and vice-versa. Happy chatting!
Airtime offers a great opportunity to scroll through your address book and delete any unwanted contacts. We all accumulate unnecessary contacts over time, so now is a good time to edit your list and free up your device memory at the same time.
The plane is a rare place where we can experience solitude and minimal distractions. Make use of your time to write: it could be a few chapters of a book, a new blog post, a new business proposal, or even a journal of your thoughts to clear your mind.
Plan what you want to work on the plane journey and get on board with a clear, feasible objective.