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How ‘weird’ schedules can help you get more done working remotely

Remote work allows you to work when it fits your lifestyle and you’re most productive. Here is a look into the way some of Zapier’s staff arrange their days to get the most done.

How ‘weird’ schedules can help you get more done working remotely
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One of our Zapier engineers, who goes by @kangzeroo on Slack, does something similar. But instead of breaks, he takes naps:

Over the past three to four years I have been maintaining some variation of the Uberman sleep cycle, meaning I take two to four deep sleep naps throughout the day instead of one long sleep. I find that it gives me more time in a day and I feel more alert. It also means each day feels like two, with a day and night phase.

Kangzeroo starts his day around 10 p.m. or midnight in Taiwan. Most of his team operates on North American hours, so he’s online when they are, but he also finds that nighttime is better for producing code. He admits it’s not great for his social life, but he makes it work.

One-off weird schedules

Of course, not everyone follows unusual schedules all the time. Plenty of us, myself included, usually work a standard 9 to 5. But the benefit of working from home is that, if you need to—or just want to—you can adjust your schedule on any given day.

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We try not to have different schedules every day—otherwise, it gets hard for our teammates to know when they’ll be able to get ahold of us. But even if you tend to work pretty regular hours, as a remote worker, you’re likely to change it up every so often.

Keeping up with changing schedules

Zapier engineer Stacie Taylor-Cima notes that with all this flexibility comes the responsibility to keep your Slack status and calendars up to date. That way, coworkers know if you’re available or when you’ll be available.

You can , so it will change depending on whatever trigger you choose, such as a Google Calendar event or a recurring personal scheduling conflict. You can even with Google Assistant or Alexa.

在线看的免费网站黄2019As long as your changing schedule doesn’t take a toll on you or your coworkers’ productivity, it’s a great way to foster a healthy work-life balance. Stacie sums it up nicely:

在线看的免费网站黄2019Having this flexi schedule has given me a lot more empathy for the unique lives we all live and schedules we follow. Everyone is different and thrives differently, and having a flexi/remote career is a brilliant way to help all of us find optimal productivity while living the lives we want and maintaining all the other aspects of our lives that make us who we are.


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