This one is so damn simple, and has seriously just made flying so much more enjoyable for me. True confessions: this discovery was borne out of the fact that no matter how hard we prepare, within approx 20 mins of take-off, my husband is always like “I’m bored.” We can bring books, magazines, be sitting in front of a TV with 30+ channels, it doesn’t matter.

So here’s what I do: as soon as the pilot is like “our flying time is going to be 5 hours and 30 minutes” I pull out my iPhone, go to the timer and set it for 5 hours and 30 mins. Then, as soon as we take off, I hit “start” (NOTE: I know we’re supposed to turn electronic devices off, but I always just put mine on airplane mode and then fake it when the flight attendant walks by. I LIVE ON THE EDGE.

Ok, you might be thinking: now what? This is so stupid! I hate you!

Here’s why this is such magic. Because with time zones, and tail winds, and CNN channels that might be set to mountain time, eventhough you just flew from someplace set to Pacific Time, I find it’s often impossible to figure out when exactly you’re going to land and how much time is left in your flight. True, I’m bad at math, but still. Shit get’s confusing.

So, once my clock is set, I like to play this game where we hold off as looooooooong as possible before looking at the remaining time. But then once you do, you know exactly how much time is remaining in your flight. You know if you have time to read Us Weekly, In Touch AND Star, or just Us Weekly. You know if you have time to annoy the people next to you and make them get up so you can go to the bathroom or if you should just sit there and hold it. You know if you have time to order the meat lovers box, or just sit there like a chump with your granola bar from Cibo.

Anyway, try it, ppl! It’s really amaze.