Traveling for business used to be considered a perk. Nowadays it’s more often seen as a burden. It disturbs your routine and messes up your sleep and diet.
Here are three things you can do to lessen the impact:
Sleep on the plane.
Yes, it’s hard, but try to cut yourself off from the rest of the world. Use earplugs and eyeshades to create a cocoon.
Avoid the Wi-Fi.
Take advantage of being unreachable for those few short hours. Use your down time on planes and in cars to think or write, the very things that are impossible when you are being interrupted all the time in the office.
Bring a canvas bag instead of a briefcase. It’s lighter and holds more. Only bring the essentials so you aren’t putting unnecessary strain on your body.
Adapted from “Business Travel With Eyeshades and Flashlights” by Robert C. Pozen and Justin Fox.