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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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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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