On beating the jet-lag thing

I had to cut short my visit to Austin, TX, to start a new contract on Monday 19th March.

The ever-present problem of time-zone adjustment and jet-lag is a bit of a bugger.

When I flew back from LA last summer, the jet-lag wrecked four solid days; this time I thought I’d get right on top of the problem.

And I have.

Here’s how:

Thursday, Austin, Texas:

  • Up at 9.30
  • Busy and full day
  • Busy and full evening
  • Busy and full night until 2.30am
  • DO NOT SLEEP AT ALL TODAY

Friday, Austin, Texas:

  • 2.30am, catch a taxi back to the hotel
  • Pack
  • Check out
  • Catch a taxi to the airport
  • Check in at the airline desk
  • Go through TSA/Customs
  • Sit in the departure lounge and read
  • Board the flight to Chicago
  • Read some more
  • Allow yourself two hours sleep
  • Arrive Chicago
  • Make my way to the appropriate departure lounge
  • Read a little more
  • Board the flight to London
  • Read lots
  • Write lots of notes
  • Listen to music
  • Arrive Heathrow (10.40pm)
  • Go through passport control
  • Collect suitcase
  • Go through customs
  • Pick up car
  • Do a little shopping at a 24-hour Tesco
  • Drive home
  • APART FROM THOSE TWO HOURS, DO NOT SLEEP AT ALL TODAY

Saturday, Witney, Oxfordshire

  • Arrive home (2am)
  • Put the shopping away
  • Unpack
  • Have a snack
  • Go to bed
  • Read until dozy
  • Sleep (4 hours)
  • Get up at 8.30am
  • Have a full and active day/evening
  • Go to bed at 11.30pm

Sunday, Witney, Oxfordshire

  • Wake at 9.30am
  • Have a full and normal day because (tada!) you are back on UK time

Simples.