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

Batching for productivity

Batching is a common productivity strategy - group similar tasks together so your brain doesn't tire with too much context switching.

For example, to break your day into three-to four-hour work sessions with two- to three-hour breaks or naps in between. That way, you can focus on specific tasks during each session.

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

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

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Flexibility with remote work

Usually, working from home is about flexibility. Every single person will have a different schedule, which will make them more productive.

Early risers and night owls

  • Early risers may work from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., take a break to get kids sorted for school, then start work again at 8:30 a.m and be finished by 2:30 p.m.
  • Some may sleep in and only start working around 10 a.m. They may stop at 3 p.m. and work again between 10 p.m and 1 a.m. when the house is quiet.

It's not always a matter of early versus late. Some people work longer hours on some days to give themselves a break on other days. It's all a matter of fitting work into your lifestyle and when you're most productive.

Once-off weird schedules

Not everyone follows unusual schedules all the time. Many work a standard 9 to 5. But working from home allows you to adjust your schedule on any given day.

Keeping up with your colleagues

With all the flexibility comes the responsibility to keep your calendar up to date, so your coworkers will know when you're available.

As long as your changing schedule doesn't take a toll on you or your coworkers' productivity, it's a great way to create a healthy work-life balance.

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