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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 March 13, 2019

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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