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6 Flying Hacks to Make Traveling Easier

6 Flying Hacks to Make Traveling Easier

Flying has long ago become an integral part of our lives – making the world smaller and more reachable, it forever changes the way we perceive distances and time. Whether you are flying to Waikiki diving or to professional business conference you will definitely need to spend at least a couple of hours in plane. Nevertheless, even though this method of transportation has been around for about a century, a lot of people still have problems making use of it. Here are some lifehacks that will make your next flight more enjoyable and less frustrating.

1.     Book Morning Flights

If you are prone to airsickness, it will be a really good idea to keep your flying to morning hours when it is possible. There is no mystical reason for it – it is simply the matter of difference of temperatures. Hotness during the day is not caused directly by the sun – firstly it heats up the ground, and then it gives the heat to the air immediately above it. As a result, it is always hotter close to the ground and gradually gets colder as the plane climbs higher. In the morning the ground is less hot than in the middle of the day, which means less difference in temperatures on different altitudes and thus less violent turbulence.

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2.     Sit by the Wings of the Plane

One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out: most tilts that the plane suffers from will be along its axis, which passes through its wings. If you are close to it, it will help you keep this tilting to a minimum. And the more stable your position is, the less is the likelihood of motion sickness.

3.     Try not to Check Bags

If you can avoid it, don’t check your luggage – the majority of negative experiences while flying are caused by problems with getting your bags back after checking them. Something will almost inevitably be broken, something will be lost, something will end up in Kuala Lumpur (with the exception of this one time you actually fly there). So, if you can help it, don’t create additional problems for yourself and travel light. Or, if you cannot avoid it, know everything about checking your luggage before you try it.

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4.     Bring an Extra Power Pack

There is hardly anything worse than finding yourself on board of a 10-hour flight with the battery of your e-reader, iPad or other device getting low. Taking into account that the majority of modern devices are not all that good at keeping charge in general, it is a good idea to have a good power pack handy.

5.     Discover the Route of Your Flight

Before you actually choose a flight to use you may find it helpful to observe all the flights going to your required location in near future using a service independent from any particular airlines, such as flightaware.com. This way you will be able to find how long it takes to get there, how many flights there will be to choose from, when they are leaving and so on – and this information won’t be biased.

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6.     Buy Tickets on Tuesday and Early Wednesday

Airfares fluctuate all the time – and there are days when the prices are considerably lower. According to Studday, the best time to book a ticket is late Tuesday and early Wednesday. The reason is simple: most price jumps happen on Friday, then airlines look if their competitors follow suit, drop prices on Monday – and again, wait for others to react. So Tuesday is the best time to book, because all who were going to lower their prices have already done so.

Traveling is an entire art in and of itself, with a lot of tricks that come with experience; hopefully these tips will help you next time you travel by air.

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Featured photo credit: Bill Damon via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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