1) Don’t waste pre-take off time
Between getting seated on the plane, getting in the air and waiting for the seatbelt sign to turn off so you can get your laptop fired up, you can waste anywhere between 20mins and an hour (longer if there’s a mechanical fault or bad weather). Make sure you take something to do during this time. My tip is – where possible – don’t do any computer work on the plane at all. Take a pad and pen and use it as planning/thinking time. Or take some reading to catch up on – like that magazine that you’ve subscribed to but never find the time to read.
2) Throw away the remote
The biggest time waster in hotel rooms is the television. Don’t even turn it on. Hide the remote. And definitely, under no circumstances, should you turn it on when it’s time to go to bed.
3) Set a curfew
Sometimes you have to work less to be more productive, and it’s too easy when you’re on the road to work endlessly. This is especially true when you are in meetings all day and have things to catch up on at night. Set yourself a curfew and don’t work past it. This goes for when you are on the plane as well. If you take off after a certain time, leave work in the overhead locker.
4) Let people know
Set your auto-responder to let people know that you are travelling and probably won’t be as quick to respond to their emails. This sets an expectation so that you don’t have to madly rush around in between flights and taxis and meetings trying to return everyone’s messages. Leave them until you actually have time to think about them and respond.
5) Don’t over commit
Only take the work you know you can get done (and something small for delays). Not only will this save baggage space, but you won’t feel pressured to stay up until all hours trying to do things that could wait.