This past weekend I began my traveling for the holidays. There's been days of 12 hours at the airport, cramped airplanes, and long car rides– and it's just the beginning! Rather than spend my time bored in an airport (or sleeping in the terminal), I thought there has to be a useful way for me to work on my blog (in addition to enjoying some great book time!).
When you're traveling, you don't want to have to carry around a lot of extra accessories so you CAN work on your blog. I'm assuming if you're traveling, you're bringing your laptop. If not, pack a small notebook and pen in your purse so you can hand write (and take note how hand writing impacts your working– does it stimulate it? Stifle it?). These tips work well for flight, car, bus, train, or boat… though it may get a bit bumpy hand writing in the car or bus!
Work your way through workbooks:
- Workbook of choice (I'll be re-doing Problogger's 31 Days to Build a Better Blog), in digital or paper format.
- Laptop or notebook with pen.
Workbooks are a great exercise for the mind; I'm a big fan of them for breaking me out of my routines and forcing me to think differently. The downside to them is that life can get in the way and end my efforts. So why not use those large chunks of time to your advantage?
Write outstanding blog posts:
- Writing utensil of choice – laptop or pen & notebook.
Four hour layover? 3 hour flight? What else are you going to do? Use this time to get your flow going and write up a storm! If you lack internet access, write in a Word document and transfer it over to your blog later. Write yourself notes for when you're connected– images to use, links to find, or resources to mention.
Got a bit of writer's block? Look around you! What are people wearing? How are people staying stylish and comfortable (or not? I saw one gal in a furry scrunchy while flying!). What stylish features do the pilot and flight attendent's outfits have?
Pick up some reading…
- Books, books, books!
- eBooks! (Print them out or read them electronically)
Reading is my default activity when traveling. They're easy to pick up and put down, they're pretty lightweight, and they can keep me occupied for hours. So why not use this as a chance to read Yuli Ziv's Fashion 2.0: Blogging Your Way to the Front Row or Problogger's Secrets to Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income. Alternately, check out some books from the library on the writing process– just make sure you can return them in time!
Have you ever maximized your travel time to work on your blog? What tips and tricks do you have?
Image by Oryctes.