Traveling for business can be a huge time suck out of an already busy life. If you find your time in airports, planes, train stations, trains and even in your own car is frustratingly wasteful, here are a few ways to make that time count.
Gifts: Make a list of gifts you need to purchase in the upcoming months. When you have some time between flights, check out the airport shops. If you can’t fit the gift in your luggage, make a note of it for purchase at another time (or online).
Groceries: If you haven’t yet used Peapod, you should experience the convenience of ordering groceries on the train for delivery the following morning. Especially for the hard to carry or large items which would require multiple trips to the car!
General shopping: You might not realize that GoGo, the inflight internet service, allows you to shop on some major retailers websites without purchasing the internet service. However, personally, I think the fee is well worth knocking out my weekend shopping chores while I wait or fly.
Podcasts: If you have an interest in a particular subject matter, chances are there is a podcast series dedicated to that interest. Podcasts are, essentially, spoken articles and discussions about a specific topic. Widely accessed podcasts include ESPN, NPR and HowStuffWorks. You can get podcasts through the podcast app on your iOS device.
Books on tape: The average commute time in the United States is 25 minutes. I love to spend my commute or long weekend trips listening to books on tape. Some are better than others. I recently finished ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen R. Covey and it was an excellent way to spend my time on the road.
Exercise: I have spent an hour walking around an airport at high speeds just so I could say I got a work out in that day. True story.
Daily tasks: I admit that I probably get more creative than most with my time in airports, but one time I made a stack of mail which required action or phone calls and took them with me on a trip with a three hour layover. I was able to make all the calls and log into payment portals where necessary. Once, I also took care of some 401K and insurance maintenance that I never took the time to do during a normal work day.