In my life, work and travel have always gone hand-in-hand. My most profound thoughts or project drafts have been created 12,000 meters up in the air or waiting for a connection.
I once used to fly a lot for work and usually I couldn't wait to get to the airport to get some work done without any distraction. Reaching productivity nirvana is easy. Simply get on a plane. Of course, this tip refers only to who isn't afraid of airplanes...
You don't need many fancy things to get work done while on board Just carry with yourself a couple of essential items and you'll be soon amazed about the quantity and quality of your accomplished tasks.
1. iPad: Forget about your laptop. All you need is your iPad and a couple of reliable apps to do your work done. The iPad has become a fair portable workstation replacement. Of course, when I need to do achieve complex tasks that require more horse-power I never leave without my 13'' Macbook Air.
2. Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad: A perfect complement to your iPad. This ultrathin cover fits seamlessly and comes with a Bluetooth® wireless keyboard helps you type with precision. You will reach Inbox Zero in no time.
3. mophie Juice Pack Powerstation External Battery: Remember to charge all your electronics before you leave. But in your carry on, don't forget to add this sweet gadget that will be your battery life saviour on long flights for only $ 79.95.
4. Noise-cancelling Headphones: The main issue with airplanes is the constant noise. While I tend to forget about it after a few minutes, sometimes I would prefer to focus more on what I'm doing. If you are a hard-core flyer you must buy yourself a pair of Noise-cancelling Headphones. Bose QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones are 299,95 dollars of investment made on your relaxation. They are pricey but worth every penny.
5. Evernote Moleskine Smart Notebook: Call me old fashioned but I keep loving note-taking on paper. The sense of being productive while writing down drafts or designing rough wireframes is priceless. The notebook created by Evernote and Moleskine has the best of two worlds, analog and digital letting you tag your notes for quicker revisions and faster search.
Don't forget to relax. Rarely will a 10-hour trip mean 10 solid hours of work. It might not even be five hours. But those five hours of focused and undistracted work will be worth a week of office mayhem.
Just don't forget to enjoy your flight.