10 ways to actually get work done on a plane


Air travel offers one of the few opportunities to escape the chit chat of colleagues, the buzzing of phones, and the never-ending stream of emails. This makes being up-in-the-air an ideal time to focus your concentration and plough through to-do lists.

Maximizing in-flight productivity needs forward planning, so we’ve compiled ten top tips that will help ensure you get the most out of those precious, distraction-free hours.


1. Plan your tasks

Plan your tasks according to flight time. Use short-haul flights for simple tasks, such as clearing emails and the kind of admin that will make your life easier when you get off the plane. Use the time on long-haul flights for more complex tasks, such as report writing or brainstorming.

2. Research and download

Do all your research before the flight and download any relevant documentation to make sure you’re not caught without any information you might need for your work. Not all flights offer WiFi, so it’s important to save any online research you may need.

3. Invest in a lightweight, slimline laptop

This gear will not only save your back, but also make it far easier to swiftly pack and unpack between and during your travels. The ASUS ZenBook 3 is A4 in size and lighter and slimmer than a MacBook, making it the ideal travel companion for commuters and busy professionals. The ZenBook 3 will fit nicely on the tray table in front of you and allow you to make the most of the limited airplane space—and you wont bother your seat mates with a bulky set-up.

4. Pack a flight bag

Moving around on a plane isn’t easy, so pack a small travel bag that can be tucked under the seat in front of you. Gather your laptop, charger, a notepad, and a pen to avoid getting up and searching through your luggage in the overhead compartments.

5. Fully charge batteries

Ensure your laptop battery is fully charged before your flight. The ASUS ZenBook 3 has a nine-hour battery life and it takes less than an hour to reach 60% charge, so you wont get caught without power, even on flights without power sockets available.


6. Block out the noise

Before you settle down and get stuck into your tasks, block out any background noise with a pair of headphones.

7. Protect your eyes

This is particularly important on a night flight, when a bright screen will also make you unpopular with nearby passengers. The eye care mode on the ASUS ZenBook 3 reduces blue light and helps to protect your eyes, and the backlit keyboard ensures you can work comfortably when its darker than usual.

8. Screen protector

If you’re worried about people peeping over your shoulder while you’re working, it’s worth investing in a screen protector that will prevent people from seeing your private work.

9. Go for bottled drinks

All it takes is a little turbulance for your drinks to spill on a flight, and this is even more annoying when it potentially means destroying notes or expensive tech. Protect your laptop and either stow it away when you’re drinking or avoid cups altogether.

10. Avoid the seat in front

Always place your laptop a few inches away from the back of the seat in front of you, in case the passenger in front suddenly pushes their chair back. You don’t want to end up with your laptop flying!

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