Minisode Monday #79 | Why We’re More Productive on Airplanes (and How to Be When We’re Not)

Welcome to Minisode Monday, where we kick off the week with something quick and actionable — to make you more magnetic and effective — that you can implement right away.

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done author Jon Acuff rejoins us (hear his most recent full episode here) to discuss why he’s more productive on an airplane and how he recreates the conditions to make him as productive when he’s home.

Let’s get to it!

The Cheat Sheet:

  • From feedback and personal experience, Jon Acuff noticed that we tend to be more productive when we’re traveling. Since we can’t travel all the time, he was determined to recreate the conditions that influence this behavior. Here’s what he came up with.
  • Because of physical restrictions, you can only bring a limited amount of work.
  • White noise helps you focus.
  • Limited Internet connectivity keeps you from unnecessary distractions.
  • Focus-driving deadlines result from breaks in the routine (waiting in the terminal, boarding, flying, landing, waiting to deboard). These work roughly like the Pomodoro Technique.
  • Nobody knows you; nobody bothers you.
  • Download episode worksheet here.
  • To learn more about social dynamics and productivity hacks, take the Art of Charm Challenge by clicking here, or text AOC to 38470.
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  • Let us know how you put today’s Minisode Monday into practice! Tweet with @TheArtofCharm in your response or write to Jordan directly: [email protected] (he actually reads everything)!


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Jordan Harbinger - author of 952 posts on The Art of Charm

Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.


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