Best Ways to Get Work Done on a Plane

by Katie Skrzek

Mar 3, 2019

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Tips / Travel

Working on a plane is key to the success of frequent business travelers. For many, the uninterrupted hours of a flight provide the perfect environment to accomplish work. Just like any task, practice makes perfect. Follow our suggestions for the best ways to get work done on a plane.


Prepare Your Gear

Make sure you have all necessary products within easy reach when packing. Whether it’s noise-canceling headphones, a notepad and pen, snacks, water or printed documents, keep it all in your carry-on bag. If your work includes sensitive matter, invest in a privacy screen for your laptop.


Research WiFi

If you need WiFi access during your flight, make sure it is available on your aircraft. Check SeatGuru’s comparison chart ahead of time to see if your flight offers WiFi.


Be Strategic

Plan your time on board wisely. If you have a deadline, work on that item first. Alert your colleagues when you’ll be in flight in case you receive important emails and experience the dreaded spotty WiFi.


Eat Before You Board

Depending on the length of your flight, try to eat your meal before you board. This way, you won’t have to clumsily move your laptop or papers from your tray while making space for food. Stopping to eat can also disrupt your work flow.


Take a Break

Whether it’s mid-flight or during the descent, take some time to break and refresh before your next work obligation.


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