The better we plan for our travel, be it short or long trips, the more benefit we can get from our trip. Keep reading for today's travel tip and be sure to share some of your own! Today I'm going to talk about a pre-pack method that helps me get through loads of to-dos that I have procrastinated on!
What Reading are You Ignoring?
This week I have been doing a sort and purge on all of my papers in my “Read Someday” file. This file contains information that I don't need to know RIGHT NOW, but would be good to know for one reason or another.
When I get ready to go on a trip where I don't have to do the driving, I go through this file in preparation for the trip. In fact, I did this very activity just yesterday in preparation of my upcoming trip to Pittsburgh PA. I find that the travel time and layover time just flies by because I have plenty to do.
Here are the steps that I take:
Start at top of pile in file and ask — Do I still want to know this information?
We all do it! Keep things to read and when we see them again, wonder why we cared!? Anything that just no longer applies gets tossed to the recycle pile. I find that at least 20% of my file goes to recycle.
Side note: When I started my read someday file years ago I used to put LOADS into it. At that time, when I would do this exercise over 90% would end in recycling! I'm much more discerning now and only put things into this file that I really believe I'll care about in a month or two.
Take 5-10 minutes and sort the items into priority
I take the remaining grouping of papers and put them in order of importance. The thing I want to read first on top and so on. This allows me to think through my plan of action for travel before I get onto a plane, etc.
By putting things in order now, before you travel, the actual trip can be easy. You read and recycle or take action on anything you've read and you know you are reading it in an order that makes sense for you. No more wasted time sifting through the piles every time you have time to read.
What Do You Do?
What travel tips do you have that could help someone else? Do you disagree with this tip? Share your thoughts here! Scroll down and use the comment section. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
To your success!