5 Changes I Made to Improve My Productivity While Traveling These simple adjustments can make time on the road or in the air more productive.

By Jason Womack

entrepreneur daily

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.


I work with clients all over the world. While some people kick it back and do nothing while they fly, when I have five hours in the air with the right tools and fuel, and I can get six or even eight hours'-worth of work done.

If I'm this productive on the plane, I have a little more time when I get to the hotel to work out, read a book, visit with friends or get some usually much-needed extra rest.

These five tips might seem simple, but I can't tell you how often I see people miss out on their benefits when traveling:

1. Charge up the night before.
Make sure you're ready to go in the morning. Charge everything you're going to need, and put it next to your car keys and purse or wallet so you make sure to pack it in your carry-on before driving to the airport. Recently I talked to someone in the gate area, waiting to board the plane, who said, "I'm going to stay here as long as I can to charge my computer, the batter is almost gone!" Personally, I like to board the plane with everything at a maximum charge; it gives me more options.

2. Pack cards, envelopes and stamps.
I write a thank you or greeting card each and every day. Between the time the gate agent closes the aircraft door, and the plane is over 10,000 feet off the ground, or time I'm not able to use electronics, I can generally write one to two cards. Writing a card has regularly started a conversation with the person sitting next to me, which is great networking potential for a small-business owner.

3. Have business cards handy.
Spend time sitting next to me on a plane and we're bound to start a conversation. Sometimes it's a short "Hi there. Heading out or going home?" But, many times it turns into a longer conversation. Whenever I meet new people, I'm listening for the kinds of things they are interested in and how I can learn and gain from that conversation. If they recommend a book, a website or travel destination, I make a note and follow up with them if I've used their advice. Bring a business card, meet someone and build your professional network.

4. Write by hand for a change.
So, I'm a fast typist (40 to 50 words a minute) but sometimes my most productive work sessions have come from splashing ink in the page I travel with a medium-sized journal, and it's always out while I'm flying, just in case I need to write something down.

5. Sit in the aisle seat.
My real tip here is: Drink more water. I flew on over 120 flights last year alone, which is a lot of time, next to a lot of people. One of the ways I believe I stay healthy is by drinking a lot of water while I fly -- eight ounces for every hour in flight. Having a seat in the aisle makes it much easier to get up when I need to. This also allows me to get up and ready to get off the plane faster. So while the window seat may promise better views, for productivity's sake, you're better off in the aisle.

OK, it's your turn. What travel tip did I miss? Let's get five more and make this a "Top 10″ list.

Jason Womack

Cofounder, www.GetMomentum.com

Jason W. Womack is the CEO of The Womack Company, an international training firm that helps busy professionals be more productive through coaching and consulting. He is co-founder of the Get Momentum Leadership Academy, author of Your Best Just Got Better (Wiley, 2012) and co-author with his wife, Jodi Womack, of Get Momentum: How To Start When You’re Stuck (Wiley, 2016). Since 2000 he has coached leaders across industries and trained them in the art of increasing their workplace productivity and achieving personal happiness.


Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Related Topics

Money & Finance

How to Know If Your Business Is Profitable This Very Second

It's important to periodically take stock of your business status, but don't wait until the end of the quarter or Tax Day to know. Too many decisions you need to make depend on your profitability. Here are things you should be doing regularly so that when you need to know where you stand, you know.

Social Media

With This LinkedIn Algorithm Change, Your Best Posts Could Reach New Readers for Years

It's one of many new features rolling out on the platform in 2024.


Save Big on Airfare with a Dollar Flight Club Subscription for Less Than $60

This discounted Dollar Flight Club subscription can turn dream trips into reality.


The CEO of Catholic Prayer and Meditation App Hallow Says Founders Need to Be Part of Something Bigger Than Themselves

On this episode of "The CEO Series," learn about the soulful journey of Hallow's CEO and founder Alex Jones.


Your Boss is Watching You. Here's Why Monitoring Workers is a Two-Edged Sword

Companies increasingly use technology to track and monitor their workers, but this doesn't always improve performance or morale. Employers can — and should — monitor their workers so everyone can benefit from the process.

Science & Technology

AI May Not Take Your Job, But Someone Using AI Likely Will — Here's Why.

Artificial intelligence is becoming ubiquitous across marketing and public relations agencies. These tools can increase productivity, but there are risks to consider.