With daylight savings time starting this Sunday in the United States, traveling or not, most of us have to face some type of jet lag during the course of our life. I have found that sometimes, 1-2hr difference, especially if that involves having to get up earlier in the morning, can be harder to cope with than traveling to the other side of the world. It’s all about preparation and expectation.
The key to maximizing the experience of your travel, whether it be for business or for leisure, is to try to adapt to the local time as quickly as possible. This article from the Business Insider gets some pointers from John Thompson, Microsoft chairman and Virtual Instruments CEO that has an insane travel schedule. He says “live on local time”, and “sleep on the plane before you arrive”. You can try to find your own way to accomplish these tips, but usually with a little preparation and reasonable scheduling, the process can be a pleasant one.
For example, when you fly from the US to Asia, try to book a plane that arrives in the afternoon in Asia. That way, even if you are exhausted and tired, if you try to stay up a few hours until around 8 or 9pm local time, you will drop into bed and have a deep sleep, at least for a few hours until the time-difference forces you to get up around 2 or 3am. That’s fine, if you’re totally awake, utilize that time to get some things done while the city is still asleep, like jogging in the empty streets, getting some work done, etc. You will get an early start, feeling wonderful the 1st day. Of course, you will be attacked by heavy eyelids in the afternoon, but if you try to keep busy and stay up as late as possible, you will repeat the same thing as the day before. Gradually, you will adapt to the local time, and get up later and later, until you’re back to struggling to get up on time. If you are traveling for work, try to have your meetings scheduled in the morning, so you are at the top of your game.
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