Management Tip of the Day: Don't let travel ruin your week

Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:12pm EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The days when business travel was seen as a perk might be long gone, but there are ways to lessen the often negative impact of being a road warrior, according to according to Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Pack lightly. 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."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Business Travel With Eyeshades and Flashlights" by Robert C. Pozen and Justin Fox.

 
<p>A traveller (L) checks in at a Lufthansa automated machine at Frankfurt's Airport in this February 17, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele</p>