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Maximizing Productivity in Airport Lounges

Best practices • Apr 23, 2024 10:18:00 AM • Written by: Frederic Marcillaud

Discover top tips for maximizing productivity in airport lounges and making the most of your pre-flight experience.

Creating a Productive Workspace

I know by experience, travelling for work or pleasure can be stressfull. Getting to the Airport in time, and then not to miss out of to much work time or having just enough time so you won't end up buying all kind of thing you do not need.

When I first got introduced by a forner collegue I was impressed! Yes it can be expensive buying the cards or paying for the memberships. But boy, to relax before a flight, enjoy amazing food, have a drink and being able to work before departure is a true gameschanger when it comes to maximazing productivity at the airport. 

When setting up your workspace in the airport lounge, find a quiet and comfortable area where you can focus on your work. Look for a table or desk with access to power outlets so you can keep your devices charged. Arrange your belongings in an organized manner to minimize distractions.

Consider using noise-cancelling headphones to block out any background noise and help you concentrate. It's also a good idea to bring a portable phone charger in case you need to charge your phone on the go.

Create a to-do list or set specific goals for your work session in the airport lounge. This will help you stay focused and ensure you make the most of your time.

Utilizing Lounge Amenities

Take advantage of the amenities offered in the airport lounge to enhance your productivity. Many lounges provide complimentary Wi-Fi, printing services, and business centers where you can access computers and other office equipment.

If you need a quiet space for important phone calls or video conferences, inquire about the availability of private meeting rooms in the lounge. These rooms often come equipped with audiovisual equipment and comfortable seating. I personally love those little calling booths.

Make use of the refreshments available in the lounge to stay hydrated and energized. Opt for healthy snacks and beverages that will fuel your productivity without causing a sugar crash or dehydration. And yes, I do take the wine sometimes too.

Managing Time Effectively

Plan your arrival at the airport with enough time to settle into the lounge and start your work. Check the lounge's opening hours and factor in any potential delays or long security lines.

Prioritize your tasks and allocate specific time slots for each one. Use time management techniques such as the Pomodoro Technique (working in focused bursts with short breaks in between) to maximize your productivity.

Avoid getting caught up in non-work-related activities in the lounge, such as excessive socializing or spending too much time at the buffet. Stay disciplined and stick to your work schedule to make the most of your time.

Staying Energized and Focused

Maintain your energy levels by staying hydrated and nourished. Drink plenty of water throughout your time in the lounge and choose nutritious snacks that provide sustained energy, such as nuts, fruits, or granola bars. Many of the business lounges offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be aware not filling up your plate to much, as it takes the energy out of your work.

Take short breaks to stretch and move around. Physical activity can help improve blood circulation and keep you alert and focused. Consider doing some light exercises or taking a brisk walk around the lounge.

If you find yourself feeling fatigued or mentally drained, try listening to music or podcasts that inspire you or help you relax. Or simply move spaces within the lounge. This can help rejuvenate your mind and boost your productivity.

Balancing Work and Relaxation

While it's important to be productive in the airport lounge, it's also essential to find a balance between work and relaxation. Allow yourself some time to unwind and recharge before your flight. Like enjoying that "one special drink".

Take advantage of the lounge's comfortable seating and amenities to take short breaks and engage in activities that help you relax. This could include reading a book, meditating, or simply enjoying the view from the lounge.

Find a balance between socializing and focusing on your work. Interact with fellow travelers and make connections, but also set boundaries to ensure you have dedicated work time.

 

And most important, relax! You are already at the Airport in time for your flight to your next successfull business meeting(s).

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