Commercial flights are (increasingly) full, they are loud – both the ambient noise of the plane and the people on them, they are stuffy, you can’t get any food for free.
I could go on (and you likely are in your head anyway, so there is no need for me to).
If all of this is “true” how can I possibly say that commercial airplane flights are a productivity haven for me?
The reason is that I spend most of my time on flights doing one of (if not all of) three important things – things that I too often don’t do enough of on the ground.
It isn’t that I don’t know these are important things, and while I do some of all of them everyday, most days I don’t do enough of any of them for me to be as productive, effective, and healthy as I could be. I know these things (and now I’m confessing them to you), but the challenge is that when I’m not in the air I have other things that too often distract me from these important things, including:
Other entertainment options (like TV).
So, for me when I am in the air, the phone is off, and while the airlines, in trying to make flying more comfortable, are inadvertently conspiring to distract me with wireless internet access and seat backs with a bunch of TV channels, I will continue to use my airline time for these important things.
Maybe you don’t fly.
Or maybe you can’t sleep on planes.
It’s ok. My point isn’t really about airplanes.
It’s about making (not finding) the time and place to do your most important work.
Do you have a place (preferably places) where you can go to get past the distractions and focus on your most important tasks?
Do you have a place where you can effectively think?
Where is your haven?
If you want to become the leader, achiever and person you are capable of becoming you must have good answers to these questions.