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Five top tips to stay productive while commuting without data access
Mobile phones have become part of the fabric of our lives. Over 4bn people worldwide own a mobile phone, and we now depend on them to keep us connected on a day-to-day basis. We rely on them to catch up on news, to communicate with our work colleagues, make applications, and help us to navigate new locations. But what if one day, we lost our data access? How would you meet that deadline, or get that priority project done?
Here are five tips to help you stay productive without data.
1. Work on your offline documents
When you haven’t got any internet access, either on your phone or computer, consider your backup options. Working from an offline document keeps you productive, whilst up to date with any work that may not have been at the top of your list.
2. Pre-write your emails
Discovering that you haven’t got access to your emails can cause a mini heart-attack moment for some professionals - but don’t panic. You’ll already have an idea of who you need to contact throughout the day ahead, so why not start drafting your emails? Although you won’t have access to your real-time inbox, write out the emails that you were planning on sending when you arrived at the office in your notes. That way, you can press send as soon as you have access in the office, and tackle your inbox afterwards.
3. Plan the day, or week ahead
A lot of people keep a planner in their diary at work, but there is nothing more therapeutic than writing out your priority tasks or mapping out a project from start to finish, on a piece of paper or in the notes on your phone. This may be a menial task, but it can help clear your head if you are feeling the pressure of being stuck without data access. Writing these tasks out in priority order will provide you with the springboard you need to get going when you arrive at the office.
4. Listen to an audiobook offline
If there is no way you can access work materials without the internet, it is a good second option to stimulate your mind in a different way. Keep an offline audiobook, or your favourite podcast on your phone, to keep you entertained. This will give you some much-needed relaxation and keep you productive at the same time. If you prefer, this might also be an offline training exercise that you can complete to help you upskill in your role.
5. Take the time to relax
It can be easy to get caught up in working life, and to feel like you need to be working around the clock to get your work done on time, and to the highest standard. This daily pressure can cause high levels of stress amongst professionals. However, it is important to make sure you are taking time to relax on a regular basis. This will rejuvenate you, and get you feeling prepared for the day ahead.
Every so often, data access might be lost and you may be left unconnected, however, there are still ways to be productive. If you are looking for more advice to advance your career, explore all our expert advice here.