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10 Things to Do When You Are Waiting for Your Flight

10 Things to Do When You Are Waiting for Your Flight

I am sure that most of us have had that not-so-memorable experience of waiting at the airport for our next flight. People are generally seen doing various things to try to keep themselves busy, but I have observed that most of them end up frustrated, primarily because they are out of their comfort zone.

If the departure lounge drives you to despair, here are 10 things you can do while you’re in transit:

1. Shoot insane pictures

If you love photography, an airport is an awesome place to get some cool pictures of aircraft – both props and jets. You get to shoot these amazing, multimillion-dollar machines and no one asks you to pay for it. You might just need to shed your inhibition and then you can start clicking.

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2. Observe

You will find various kinds of people at the airport. It is a mix of cultures and colors. In fact, you can learn a few tips on how not to parent kids, enjoy the idiosyncrasies of other people, and so forth. Your observation can come handy in writing articles, just like I am doing!

3. Window shop at the kiosks

Get around to the various stalls at the airport and do some window shopping. Needless to say, the kiosks are overpriced, but if you have no other option, you might as well browse.

4. Use the free Wi-Fi

Most airports have free Wi-Fi. You might be ready with your project or proposal but haven’t been able to send it to your boss yet. Ta-da! Free Wi-Fi! Turn your Wi-Fi on and you are ready to go – sometimes, the good things in life are free! Just watch your security settings and don’t try to access your bank accounts or anything sensitive like that.

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5. Talk to people

I believe that the airport is a mini world. It is one place where you can meet people of many different nationalities. You might as well start a conversation with them to learn more about their country and community. Most people usually don’t mind, they’re probably bored too! And the information might come in handy for your next vacation or your kid’s project at school.

6. Take a selfie

No, the American Psychiatric Association did not declare the taking of selfies a mental disorder. The stories doing the rounds are a hoax. Hence, you might want to take some selfies in the airport and use the free Wi-Fi to send them around the world. While no one will envy your time in the departure lounge, they will be excited about your destination!

7. Start a flash mob?

If you are traveling in a group, then doing a flash mob should not be a difficult thing. But, it is wise to do some research and know for sure that no legal action would be taken against you! You see, it’s a hard world out there.

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8. Talk to the security guards and support staff

Talking about security guards, do we even appreciate the hard work they put in to keep us safe? Instead of avoiding their gaze, a small gesture of appreciation for their hard work can be a conversation starter. I have done it and I have seen the joy it brings to the person’s face! It will probably make their day. Our lives are so much more beautiful when we share them with others.

9. Explore the city

If you are new to a particular stopover and have enough time in hand, exploring the city is a pretty good option. Each city has a different architecture and flavor to it. You can grab a city guide from the airport and get on with your outing. Remember to carry your passport and some local currency and allow plenty of time to get back to the airport. If you are not sure of a place, it is wise to ask the police!

10. Sleep

If none of the above options lure you because you are too tired, you might catch a few winks. Prerequisites: earphones because you don’t want to be disturbed; a hood because you don’t want people to see you swinging sideways with your mouth wide open; and an alarm – because I am sure you don’t want to miss your flight!

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Happy traveling!

Featured photo credit: cohodas208c via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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