Chris Blattman gives his tips. Most of all, read this blog post, which will tell you not to take a 28-hour plane trip. If you must go, and can’t break it up by feasting on chili crab in Singapore, rethink at least one aspect of your life. But if you are stuck the preferred advice is to start with a bunch of fun books you can finish quickly, move to a longer, more serious work than will command your full attention for quite a while and you won’t want to end, and then have some fun stuff left over for the end. I wonder how general this is as an optimal pattern of intertemporal consumption.