Want to get tons of things done?
Want to feel new levels of productivity?
Simple. Get on a plane and fly somewhere.
Have you ever noticed that working on a plane can be massively productive?
It’s my new favorite place to get things done.
- There are few distractions and nowhere to go
- You have limited time to use your laptop
- There is no internet (most of the time) and your devices are in airplane mode
Nowhere to go
Once I sit on the plane (I usually get a window seat) I really don’t move for the entire flight.
I go the bathroom before I get on the plane and I dislike dealing with asking people to move in and out of their seats just to go to the bathroom.
So, I’m stuck there, next to the window. There aren’t many options available.
- Read a book
- Get tons of work done
- Watch on the on flight movies or tv (if they have it)
Right out of the gates I have a 1/4 chance of getting tons of things done. Not bad.
“You’ve reached cruising altitude”
When I hear the pilot announce we’ve hit cruising altitude the next phrase is typically,
“You man now use approved electronic devices and larger personal computers”.
Once I hear that I know the coundown has begun until we need to put our seat backs and tray tables into the upright position.
There is only so much time before I need to turn off my laptop before we land…It’s go time!
It sort of reminds of playing “red light, green light” in elementary school. You weren’t entirely sure when someone was going to say red light so you tried to fast as possible while still in control.
For me, being on the plane is no different. I want to crank through as much as possible because I know finishing something later is not likely to happen.
On my most recent flight, I literally wrote 1400 words for a chapter of my upcoming ebook., The SMS Marketing Handbook.
I hadn’t been that productive in a while.
When there is no internet on the plane there is really no excuse for distractions, unless the person next to you is super nice and your conversation lasts the entire trip (that’s happened to me a bunch).
I dont have much on my laptop that can keep me busy other than writing so that’s what I’ve been doing while in airplane mode.
It’s just me, some tunes and a blank screen to write.
I try to capitalize in my airplane mode until the “descending” announcement.
Try it, I bet you’ll find that you get way more done than you even do in the office.
Can’t buy a plane? Create one.
We obviously can’t just buy flights every time we want to be productive. I mean, we could if we were ballers but even that would be ridiculous.
Try getting in airplane mode, without the plane.
Try going to a place that you typically don’t work at. Maybe try out a new coffee shop.
Turn your phone on airplane mode and turn off your laptops wifi.
Set your phone alarm for a set period of time, maybe 1.5-2.5 hours–whatever works for you–depends on where you’re “flying to”.
Start working. Work until your alarm goes off. That’s your “descending” announcement when you have to put the computer away.
I did a little research to see if airplane productivity was a “thing”, and I was pleased to see that Noah Kagan even recorded a video on this. Check it out here.
This is where some will power comes in because you could keep writing. Now, this choice is really up to you but the times I’ve gotten up and walked away have resulted in more fulfillment and joy for getting so much done.
By eliminating distractions, limiting my work time and going into airplane mode–I can recreate the mental zone I’m in when I’m on a plane. The best part–I don’t need the plane.
Where do you get your most work done? What’s your version of “airplane” mode?
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