If you find business trips exhausting, here are some steps you can take to manage your energy levels during your next trip.
1. Use the time you spend travelling to meetings in taxicabs as opportunities for power naps
Taking a power nap (that is, a short nap of about 20 minutes or so) is a great way to boost your energy levels when you are feeling worn out in the middle of the day. If during your business trip, you feel yourself getting sleepy when you're taking a taxicab to a meeting, you should not spend the road journey scrolling through your phone or staring out the window, but should instead view it as an opportunity to catch up on some much-needed sleep.
Even just 15 to 20 minutes of resting will leave you feeling more refreshed and alert. This, in turn, will give you a better chance of performing well at the meeting or consultation you will be attending at the end of the journey. Provided you use a reputable taxi firm and the taxi driver already knows where you want them to take you, this is a perfectly safe thing to do.
2. Stop drinking caffeine at midday
Lots of people notice that their energy levels start to drop in the early afternoon. In order to counteract this, they will often reach for (yet another) cup of coffee. However, if your business trip is going to last for several days, it's not a good idea to consume caffeine-rich drinks after midday. The reason for this is that it can take several hours for the caffeine that you consume to be excreted from your body. During this time, it may be hard for you to sleep.
This could be problematic during a business trip. For example, if after your first day of business meetings, you need to go to bed early (in order to ensure you are well-rested for the following day, which will be jam-packed with even more important meetings), you may find yourself spending most of the night wide awake if you have too much caffeine in your system. This could leave you feeling exhausted and foggy throughout the next day. This could then lead to you relying on caffeine to remain alert during your meetings, which could, in turn, result in you struggling to fall asleep again the following evening.
In short, drinking caffeine after midday could affect your sleeping patterns and cause you to feel so sleep-deprived that you perform poorly in your business meetings.