After years of traveling across a lot of time zones I’ve learned a few tricks to overcome jet leg more quickly. In this article I’ll share 7 tips to quickly overcome jet lag.
I just returned from a trip to Singapore where the time zone is 14 hours different than mine. Which means night and day are switched. I was immediately busy leading a 5-day workshop, so I had no time for jet lag. I’ve tried many methods, schedules, and even a few apps to beat jet lag. I’ve settled on the most productive ways to quickly overcome it.
When you travel do you see all your normal life-giving daily routines go out the window? That’s what I experienced for years as I traveled. In many ways, travel energizes me, but poor management of my daily routines wore on me. Here’s what I did about it.
I travel a lot for speaking engagements and workshops. Usually, for a week at a time. Each place I travel to is new to me.
One thing that is constant is
Whether you travel for business or pleasure, you want to feel good and be mentally sharp. Travel takes us away from our normal health habits. I discovered that doing a few simple things can make a huge difference to how I feel on the trip and back home.
I’ve flown over 100,000 miles a year for the past 6 years. Being on the road a week a month used to wreak havoc with my personal health habits.
Walking all day with a 15-pound backpack, 15 miles finished. According to the directions, only a mile to go. I was exhausted. It began to rain. I had a decision to make, do I push through the last mile, maybe 30 minutes more walking and finish for the day, or do I stop and get out of the rain and continue later?
I decided to push through. This was a mistake.
Lesson learned: practicing pacing the following day.
It was the first day of 5 days of walking the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St James, in northern Spain. I wanted to get to the stop for the night and shower and rest – most of all, to stop walking.
Somewhere over the Atlantic today I clocked my millionth flight mile with United Airlines. No, the Captain didn’t come back to greet me. And there weren’t balloons at the gate waiting for me. Once they process this flight, I’ll receive Star Alliance Gold status for life. But the real reward for all this travel are the rich experiences with which I’ve been blessed.
Reflecting back on the past few years of travel, earning Gold status is only a minor reward compared to the wonderful people I’ve met on these trips. I’m constantly inspired by and learn from those I go to teach.
Without naming names, here are a few stories of people I’ve met:
“I want to be able to ask better questions.” I hear this a lot from the leaders I train to coach others.
Everyone is looking for magic questions that will create insight, foster innovation, and help people get things done.
There are no magic questions. But there are powerful questions!
Powerful questions are the tools to help people discover new roads and to find answers. Many people are not naturally reflective. We all have a limited perspective. Questions are powerful when they provoke reflection in other people, causing them to think more deeply and creatively than they could on their own.
I decided to list up 50 of my favorite powerful questions in a resource guide. It’s called 50 Powerful Coaching Questions. Each question approaches a problem or goal from a different perspective. Here are a few examples:
Airlines are giving away free flights, free upgrades, free drinks, free checked bags, and more. Why aren’t you receiving these freebies? You can! Airlines give them to frequent fliers. I’ll tell you what they are and how to get them.
It is easy to join a frequent flier program. And it is usually free. You can join online at your airline’s website, or fill out a form in the flight magazine. Choose the airline that you will fly the most. Then stick to that airline. This, of course, is the reason airlines give all these freebies away – they want your business. What are you waiting for?
15 Airline Perks You Can Get for Free
- Free first class upgrades. Who doesn’t want to fly first class? Receive upgrades for yourself and for your companions booked on the same itinerary. I wrote a separate post on 7 ways to fly first class for economy prices.
What a year! This is the first year of www.keithwebb.com. I really appreciate that you take the time to read my posts. Even more, I’m thrilled to hear how you have adopted some tip to make your, or someone else’s, life better.
Here are my top 10 posts from 2013. It’s a real potluck of topics. Each will help you multiply your impact if you take it to heart.
Thanks again for a great year, I look forward to being with you in 2014!
My Top 10 Posts from 2013
- How to Get 300% Greater Training Results
How to revise your training and 5 ways to provide follow-up coaching.