In 2016, Americans are expected to go on more than 480 million business trips. That's a lot of time spent away from the office and up in the air!
While many employers might be concerned about the loss of productivity due to travel, your business trips can actually serve as a great time to check in on your career and make some progress. In the normal day-to-day at the office, we can often get stuck in the same habits and routine, not really thinking about forward change. Business trips offer a natural break and some good downtime to really focus!
Here are 25 things you can do on an airplane to take your career to the next level:
- Reflect on your recent performance.
- Recognize your mindset: How do you define "work"?
- Strike up a conversation with the stranger next to you. Get to know him or her, what the person does, and how you might be of help to each other in the future.
- Take a walk down the aisle. Studies show that frequent business travelers are less healthy than nontraveling employees, and we all know your health affects your performance. Get on top of your fitness so you can walk off the plane better than ever!
- Write down the top five goals you hope to accomplish with this business trip.
- Open up the latest industry-related book you've been meaning to read.
- Update your résumé.
- If you have Wi-Fi, take a look at all your online profiles and make sure they are up to date.
- Reflect on the intersection of your zone of genius and your job responsibilities. Are they aligned?
- Brainstorm five ways you can bring more harmony between your zone of genius and the work that you do.
- Ask yourself these 100 questions.
- Scroll through your phone contacts and make a list of people you want to reconnect with.
- Draft emails you've been meaning to send but have been putting off.
- Think of one bad habit you want to break and create an action plan!
- Think of one good habit you want to build and write down three ways it will improve your life and your career.
- Get control of your negative mental chatter.
- Download and watch some inspiring TED Talks.
- Close your eyes and meditate in your seat.
- Brainstorm three people in your workplace you'd like to work with and get to know more.
- Reflect on your health and well-being, including your work-life balance. How can you improve your overall well-being?
- Get clear on how you define your success, and how that is affecting the way you go about your work.
- Assess whether it might be time to quit your job.
- Host mock job interviews with the people in your row.
- Download and listen to a new podcast.
- Sleep! There's nothing like a great nap to help you walk off the plane well-rested and ready to work.