Kolea Estate - Kailua, Hawaii, 96734, United States

The Mile-High Office

by Sheri Staak
SheriStaak.com

Travel is an integral part of my job. While so much work can be done digitally these days, the need for real-time, face-to-face interaction is still imperative for the best customer, client, and in-house corporate relations. That’s why I find myself sitting on an airplane several times a month. From the look of all the filled flights, I can see I’m not alone.

For me, travel has become routine, but can still be stressful and exhausting. As a working mom, there’s so much to do before leaving on a trip. Besides the usual packing and travel arrangements, I need to get the household in order before embarking on business. There’s often a barrage of last-minute details that need to be sorted out at home, so job-related tasks often fall to the back-burner. That’s why once I settle in on the airplane, I can finally breathe a small sigh of relief and get a little work done.

My favorite office is my mile-high office. On the plane, there are little to no distractions or interruptions, save for a flight attendant serving me a drink or perhaps a chatty neighbor. For the most part, I’ve mastered the art of avoiding conversations in flight. Lack of eye contact is key. Beyond that, my body language says it all. And for those times when I can’t shake a talker, I politely shut it down with a carefully-worded, but clearly-stated excuse. “It was great talking to you, but I need to work now,” is one direct approach. Another favorite is, “I see you’ve got a great book to read there. I’ll let you get to it.” Once I dig into my work, the would-be conversationalist usually gets the message and leaves me in peace.

Flying is when I enjoy the most productive me time. Typically, my family and associates know I’m out of touch when I’m in the air, so I can relax and focus without contact from the outside world. With my phone turned off, my mind is switched on. Which is why I can accomplish so much on an airplane. Depending on the length of my flight, here are some of the things I do in my office in the sky:

  • Create Power-Point presentations
  • Practice speeches or proposals
  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Review customer accounts or projects
  • Read the business section of the paper
  • Tackle critical-read files
  • Complete any last-minute work
  • Respond and clean out my email inbox

Although cell phone use is prohibited during take-off and landing, many airlines now offer Wi-Fi for purchase in flight. But for me, one of the most appealing attributes of my mile-high office is that I am not disturbed by incoming calls or texts, and likewise, that I am not tempted to start making calls. So when it comes to Wi-Fi in flight, rarely, if ever, do I opt to connect. But you may feel differently. For some, work is integral to phone, texting or Internet connections. In that case, you can also get the following accomplished:

  • Text via Wi-Fi when possible
  • Check in with the office via text or email
  • Firm up/confirm hotel arrangements
  • Make dinner plans with friends
  • Make dinner reservations with ‘Open Table’
  • Confirm meeting times/agendas with clients
  • Listen to voice mail messages
  • Read and send emails
  • Return and send text

Remember to turn on electronics only when the pilot gives the all-clear above 10,000 feet. Also, don’t skip the beverage cart or meal option to get more work done. You’ll need some refreshments to keep alert and on task. For me, drinking plenty of water on a flight is one of my main goals.

Remember to turn on electronics only when the pilot gives the all-clear above 10,000 feet. Also, don’t skip the beverage cart or meal option to get more work done. You’ll need some refreshments to keep alert and on task. For me, drinking plenty of water on a flight is one of my main goals.

You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish in your undisturbed office in the sky. And you’ll be amazed at how quickly the time will seem to pass. Before you know it, you’ll be arriving at your destination with a lighter workload, prepped and ready for a successful business trip. On your return trip home the time spent working in the air frees up your weekend so you can spend quality time with your family.

Kolea Estate
Auwinala Road
Kailua, Hawaii, 96734, United States
Call: 808-479-2097

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