I am someone who likes to be half an hour to an hour early to ALL my appointments. This is because I like to take into account traffic or any other unexpected things that might occur. By the time I arrive to my destination, I would have some time before my event of interest begins. But now that I have arrived so early, what do I do with that extra time? Rather than just playing games or watching videos which kills my phone battery, I typically try my best to be productive. (Although just killing time is nice every once in a while too.)
I would pull my car seat back so I have enough space for either my laptop or paper notebook (from school) to take notes and/or study from. I often times find that it can be tough to take notes since I don’t have a flat surface to write on. Then again, I could always close my laptop and utilize its flat surface to take notes on it right? Unfortunately, I need to view content from my laptop as well. Sometimes I would use my phone to do things too, but it would drop in the tight space where the central console is.
Although I had the time, I consistently find myself not having the necessary space to accomplish everything I needed to do. Can you relate with this too when trying to be productive while in your vehicle? Are there tools that can perhaps help allow this process to go more smoothly? There actually are!
Tool To Help Create More Space to Work While in Car
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My friend suggested this one tool called a car tray. Although a very simple idea, it has been one of the most helpful tools I have ever encountered. No tools are needed to install this item. It contains hooks where you can just hook onto the wheel of your car.
The car tray even has a slot for your pen or stylus so you won’t accidentally drop it in the tiny gap where the central console is. The tray is about 16.5 x 11 inches (with 1 inch thickness) which is quite a bit of space. But, if you still need more to hold other things, I recommend getting a car seat gap organizer on top of this.
On the reverse side of the car tray, there is even a slot for a cup. This means you can actually use that side of your car tray as a lunch tray! If your car does not have a cup holder, you will now with this tool. If sauces happen to spill while you are eating, it will be the tray that gets dirty and not your leather seats. The tray has raised borders as well so that crumbs and liquids (if spilled) can stay within the tray.
Depending on how your steering wheel is adjusted, sometimes your car tray might be tilted downwards. Things might start to slide off here and there (unless you like that tilt). But if you do not like that tilt (like when you are trying to set your drink on that tray), you can adjust your steering wheel to be higher. This will reduce that tilt of the car tray and be more leveled to fit your personal preferences.
It also might be obvious, but please avoid using this car tray WHILE you are driving. It may prevent full turning of the wheel depending on your car. If you happen to have things on the car tray, things will fall off while you turn the wheel and catch your attention MORE than the road itself. This can lead to all types of hazardous events.
Some individuals might have to end up working in their car quite often especially for those Uber and Lyft workers. Or you might be like me who likes to arrive to my appointments early and be productive with that extra time! With such a cramped space, it can be difficult to do everything you need to do. But with a car tray, you might be able to create a full-on working station all within your car. If it is still not enough space, perhaps you can add a seat gap organizer to your collection!
Did you enjoy these tools for increasing productivity all within your car? Please leave a comment below!