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Often your long business flight can turn into time well used for business. I lost this productivity time for most business people that can be torture if you cannot get work done in flight. How often have you said to yourself or a coworker, “That’s all right, I will just work on that on the airplane.”

That is a noble intent, but circumstances inside an airplane cabin, especially in a coach, can fulfill that commitment hard to accomplish.

Turn the Airplane into a Temporary Office

Like anything else, if you are going to redeem the time while you are in the air, come prepared with a plan of work you can get done in that setting and with your expectations well in check before you even check in. I do not design the cabin of a domestic airplane for business productivity. 

You may have a myriad of distractions, from crying babies to a talkative neighbor. The airline personnel has quite an agenda of items to interrupt your time with. Then there is the turbulence and the narrow seats that dictate that whatever you are going to get done will have to be done in a place of very little space availability.

To expect that you will have a seat next to you to spread out your work or that this will be the flight of perfect peace is to set yourself up for frustration and disappointment. So being prepared to achieve some level of productivity on an airplane, be aware of these limitations, and design your work so you can use that time within those constraints, not despite them.

A basic necessity to realize some level of concentration in flight is a suitable set of earplugs or an earphone and an iPod. You can use that device to pipe music to your mind to be conducive to concentration and thought. Now earphones sufficient to block out the distractions you will encounter on an airplane will have to be pretty sophisticated. So don’t cut corners on this purchase. It will pay you back repeatedly as you use them to block out surface noise in an airplane cabin.

The best way to walk off of that airplane with a sense of accomplishment is to set your goals before you board and make their goals you can attain. You cannot expect to open up your laptop and work peacefully in coach. You may do that, but you may find turbulence, an active population around you, or other factors that may make such work very difficult to do. 

So being sure, prepare a project to work on using your laptop but don’t be disappointed if it turns out to be too difficult to attempt. And above all, avoid having a deadline you have to hit using the time during your flight to make up for a lost time in your deadlines. That will only make the flight frustrating and result in an angry and worn-out business traveler.

The best form of work you can assign to yourself is analysis or reading. If you have a document or some documents to review, the confines of an airplane seat accommodate that work just fine. Business reading is easily the best form of work to do in flight. 

Using those headphones to block out the world, you can lay back with a book, a business magazine, or a report and take your time to study it or read lengthy blocks of that material during a long flight. In a two to three-hour flight, you can read entire chapters of a business book and come off the flight with a tremendous amount of food for thought to take into your businesses meetings at your destination.

It is possible to redeem the time in the air by accomplishing some solid work. But the key to getting success at that goal is to be realistic about what I can do in an airplane seat and tailoring my expectations and goals accordingly. Doing this will let you use your time on the flight productively.  

Being Comfortable when Traveling Matters

There are a lot of decisions when booking a business trip. The important issue is your business objectives and that everything you need so the business you will do when you arrive comes off well. So you will spend most of your efforts on those preparations, or so they well equipped you for the trip.  

But to use the old phrase, it’s the little things that mean a lot, especially when you are enduring the inconvenience of business travel. You put up with many inconveniences and have to accommodate the needs of others in airports where everybody wants to be comfortable. 

Little things mean a lot on a long business flight, from how well you eat to the car you rent on the other end. Just a slight surprise or accommodation along the way can set you in a good mood on the trip, and that mood could even influence the outcome of the meetings you will conduct when you make your business contacts at your destination.

Some people do not have a preference where they sit during the plane flight. But several issues can become significant during those hours where you are essentially immobile as you fly cross-country. Some of those are.

  • If you are claustrophobic, having a window seat isn’t about sightseeing. It can be a sanity-saving necessity to keep you from focusing on the enclosed airplane space.
  • If you wish to work, you need some space to spread out.
  • Some medical needs might require easy access to the privacy of the laboratory if for no other reason than to take medicine without being observed.
  • If you have close connections and are on a tight deadline, sitting near the front of the plane helps with getting off quickly.

To get some control over the variable of where you are sitting en route to or from your business trip, put some thought into the issue upfront and see if you can reserve the seat that suits your purposes before you ever get to the airport. If you use online reservations, you can get a map of the plane, which will show you which seats are open. This gives you an excellent ability to move your seat so you can sit just where you want before going to the airport.

Some factors to consider are the room you need and whether you need to recline your seat. The seats on the exit row are almost always roomier. In exchange for being willing to open the door in an emergency, you can gain twice as much room as you might have had, which pays off when you want to work during the flight.

The last row of the airplane does not recline. The upside of that row is that you don’t have anyone behind you to kick your seat back or bounce the tray table as they do whatever it is they are doing back there. The first set in the section does not have seats in front of it to be roomier. But you may not have a tray table to used to set your laptop on for work. These are trade-offs worth thinking through in advance.

You can have your travel agent know your preferences when they book your flight. But don’t miss the chance to make changes as late as the day of the flight. You might spot a row that is not full and be able to grab a seat and have the row to yourself. And believe me, that can be a rare treat indeed.  

Being on the road Constantly can Wear you Down

There is a big difference between traveling for business for a couple of days and continuously being on the road for a few months. But it is necessary for some business areas that professionals representing that business stay out on the road for a very long time.

These road warriors are examples of people who understand the wear and tear the road can cause on the body, mind, and spirit after months of continuous travel.

As humans, I designed us to have homes and nests. So the life on the road runs against that instinct to settle in one place and rest there. So the first challenge of traveling continuously is replicating a “normal life” despite the constant travel. The one factor that can help with combating road weariness is the psychological factor of familiarity.

Because business persons who travel for many weeks may not see the same people for very long and often move from city to city, the hotels and restaurants eventually blur into one place, and the desire for the familiar and “home” makes itself known. So one way to provide that sense of sameness is routine.

Even on the Road, one can establish a routine that you can look forward to each evening. Whether that means watching the same television shows, scheduling your calls home at the same time each day or week, or establishing hotel room rituals, maintaining a “sameness” no matter where you are living gives the traveler that sense of normalcy that is missing in a life of nonstop travel.

Oddly enough, role models for living successfully on the road are some rock and roll bands who have been living such a life for years, if not decades. If you examine their approach to touring, the ones that live that life for long learn quickly to avoid substance abuse and live a healthy lifestyle. While the typical businessperson doesn’t have to get up and perform on stage for thousands, it is important to sleep well and see your digestive systems and regularity remain stable during the constant travel change.

That may mean establishing an exercise regime that you do not break. A morning run followed by a sauna and a light but healthy breakfast not only can get your day off on the right foot, but it can also confirm your routine and that you are in charge of your lifestyle on the road, not the hotel or the surrounding circumstances.

Another lesson we can witness from professional musicians who travel a great deal is an intense devotion to professionalism. They are on the road for one and only one thing for the musician to put on magnificent shows for their fans.

That focus can keep them centered for long periods. We can translate that focus to what we are about as we embark on a long business journey. Focusing on what we are on the road to achieving and giving 100% of our best efforts will validate when we find success at every stop along the way.

Musicians who learn to survive the road learn to take care of each other and use a sense of family and mutual support to get through a tough tour schedule. If you are traveling with others from your business, that same mutual support can help each of you survive the experience. Talk openly about the challenges of traveling for such lengthy periods.

Form an accountability structure to your professional friendships, so each of you is looking out for the other. If you can get everybody out for that morning jog, soon, your ability to work as a team goes beyond just how you function during meetings. Still, you become a mutually supportive team in getting through the rigors of an aggressive business travel schedule.

By looking at the challenge of surviving the wear and tear off the road as one of life’s marvelous adventures, you can gain the energy and resolve to win every day of your business journey. And that positive energy will radiate from you and affect the people you are traveling with to make you all feel good.

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