6 Productivity Tips to Prevent Travel Fatigue, Burnout, and Jet lag

Hopping on a flight to close that deal you have been pursuing for ages? We know just how exhausitng business travel could get.

Ask yourself – have you been traveling far too much? There’s a high chance you are suffering from travel fatigue or jet lag.

Here are some common symptoms to look out for:

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Short temper
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • General uneasiness

A case of travel fatigue can be just as debilitating as a case of flu!

It could have a massive impact on your productivity and even affect the outcome of your meeting. “Things are merging and changing in the world of business travel,” says Dr. Martin Cetron of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Whether trips are frequent short ones or long ones, the intensity of travel schedules is putting people under a lot of pressure.”

Don’t let travel burnout get you down. Here’s a handy list to prevent travel burnout and increase your productivity no matter where you go:

Stay Hydrated and Carry Snacks

Starting with the basics – don’t ignore your system’s basic needs. You need to stay nourished and hydrated regardless of your schedule. Skipping your breakfast may work for you on a regular day. But the same does not hold true when you are travelling.

Avoid Tea, Coffee, And Alcohol

When you feel drowsy and tired, your first instinct is to grab a cup of coffee – don’t! Both alcohol and caffeine are known to disrupt your regular sleep pattern. Save your caffeine intake for when you need it most, before an important meeting or an approaching deadline!

Pre-plan Everything

Extended trips in unfamiliar surroundings can lead to stress. You can significantly reduce it and prevent unexpected delays by planning details ahead of time. Pre-booking, pre-packing, and preparation should be your travel mantra!

Frequent Exercising

In his article on staying productive while traveling, frequent business traveler Cillian Mulligan suggests choosing hotels with fitness options. “Always conduct some research and choose hotels with gym facilities, when possible. This will save you time and make it much easier to squeeze in a workout, when you get the time.” He adds, “the activities these facilities offer keep me motivated and prevent me from slacking off.”

Use Automation

A smart move, is to automate processes that require manual intervention. This way you can focus on worthwhile projects while you are on your trip. Automate travel booking, planning your itinerary, expense reporting and set reminders for every task. This not only allows you to stay ahead of your game but also reduces last minute chaos that generally comes with business travels. Get apps that help you work from your phone!

Schedule Downtime

With tight schedules and meetings, it’s easy to forget pampering oneself. Give yourself some breathing space amongst the chaos that comes with business trips. We recommend looking up some local attractions and eateries to schedule a break. Don’t worry, these escapades come without causing any hindrance to your business itinerary.

We hope these tips prove useful on your next trip. Happy traveling!

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