If I am trying to read, I do not like splotches of sunlight and shadow coming through the cabin windows onto my book. If we are flying from east to west, I like to plan to sit on the north side of the airplane while it is in flight. That would be the right side in the photo. Since Southwest has open seating rather than assigned seats, this is very much possible.
Step 1: Are we there yet?
Most of my flights are only an hour or two in duration. But, we recently had a four hour flight from Nashville, Tennessee to Las Vegas, Nevada. Some pilots give the passengers frequent updates on where the plane is at the moment. Most do not. After a while, adults can be as curious as children to know where they are. Southwest Airlines gives small napkins with the snacks and beverages. The back of these napkins includes a nice map of the continental United States with cities served by Southwest neatly marked. Passengers can turn these into progress maps.