(Closed) Flex schedules – what works for you?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
69 posts
Worker bee

if you’ve got to be up early for any job you need to go to bed early. Family and friends can wait til the weekend if that’s keeping you up late. Prioritize. It’s not your fault your bf can’t talk til 11pm at night. Maybe call each other on your lunch breaks. 

Post # 3
795 posts
Busy bee

I’m also fortunate enough to have flexible hours! I usually go into work by 9am so that I’m home by 645pm. That gives me enough time to do my favorite “me” things such as art, watch Netflix, study (not a student), or just be a bum and lie around in bed. I am also in a LDR where Fiance is in a later time zone. On nights we schedule to talk on the phone, I’m usually already in my jammies with brushed teeth do that I can sleep as soon as we hang up. 

Post # 4
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have a flex schedule and as tempting as it is to sleep in and start my day later (I’m not a morning person either), I’d seriously advise against it. It can be very difficult to squeeze in any (let alone all) of the things you’ve mentioned if you end your work day at 7 and get home even later.

I aim to start my day no later than 9:30. This lets me sleep in a little bit but it’s still early enough that I’m not significantly behind a normal schedule. I skip coffee breaks and usually take a very quick lunch so that I can still end work at a decent time. By far the most important thing has been going to bed at a decent time. I try to get into bed at least an hour or so before I actually want to sleep so I can unwind and read before I need to be asleep.

When my now-husband and I were long distance, there were occasionally some late nights because of the same things you’ve described above. In the long run though, it is really difficult to be productive during the day if you’re not sleeping early enough. Although my husband was getting a solid 7ish hours of sleep, he constantly complained of feeling dealthy because of the late nights. Can you try to minimize social activities and/or other events during the week to maybe 1 or 2 nights (or ending them earlier if you are engaging)? It also might mean that your longer conversations / catch-ups with your BF have to unfortunately wait until the weekends.

Post # 5
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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akshali2000 :  What if you split the difference; 9-6? That should still allow you some sleep without starting the day too late, and will probably have you leaving the office last but not alone the way you would at 7pm or later.

If you know you need sleep, don’t try to do a 6 or 7am work start. If you know your BF can’t talk until 11pm, try to go ahead and get ready for bed, take the call in bed, and go to sleep right after. Save the weeknight plans for Thursday/Friday so you can get things done after work on other nights and maybe even take a power nap before your BF calls. If it’s possible, try talking a little on your lunch breaks, texting throughout the day, etc., so that your nighttime calls aren’t the only talk all day (and therefore will be a little shorter, too). 


Post # 6
1989 posts
Buzzing bee

my schedule is extremely flexible. I find that starting early is the key to get the most out of your day, but it does take some time adjusting to an early wake-up call.

Get to work earlier than everyone, knock out your email inbox, get a jump start on everything for the day before half the office is even in. Sometimes I work from home a few hours in the AM (like 6-9) and then drive into my office and take a conference call while I drive. That way, I have 3 hours of knocking shit out before most people were really working. 

Leave early, get your workout in, eat dinner, throw in a load of laundry or clean the house and log a few more hours from home in the evening if you need to. 

If you’re working a late schedule so you can sleep in, I think you’re always going to be rushing to catch up. Plus, you won’t be getting off work with much time to run errands or meet up with friends durring normal hours. Plus, what are the chances that you’re going to start your workout 8-9pm? Probably not likely.

If you were working a later schedule so that you could get up, exercise, tackle errands and shit around the house and then start working, I guess that could work. 

ETA- did long distance for a while. We found random times to talk during the day- when I drove home from work, while I cooked dinner, etc. Don’t save it for bedtime, because otherwise you will always be getting to bed later than you preferred.

Post # 7
283 posts
Helper bee

I am working on my PhD dissertation, so my schedule is entirely up to me. Most days I aim to be at work around 9:30 and I leave at 5:30 or 6 depending on whether I worked through lunch. I go to bed between 10:30 and 11. I wake up at 6:30 or so and use my mornings to exercise, tidy, do laundry, etc. That way my evenings are mostly free for spending time with my SO, hobbies, or watching TV. 

I agree with PP that you should try to talk to your SO earlier in the day. If that’s not possible, I would stick to the 10-7 schedule to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. I actually like being the first one in or the last one out because I find that the hour or so that I don’t have coworkers around ends up being super productive.

Post # 8
9575 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have a flex schedule and I do 730-430. Or often Ill do 730-530 (an extra hour) so I can do a really short day Fridays! I like having more time when I come home to exercise, cook, chores, relax etc. BUT I go to bed at 10-1030 every night. That is key. When changing my sleep schedule (like when the clocks changed recently) I use melatonin for a week to knock me out. Isnt there any time other than 11pm you can talk to your boyfriend? Being a morning person is better I think.

Post # 9
4239 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m not a morning person at all, however I find I really like the earlier schedule.  I like getting in early, getting things done before the rest of my coworkers get there, and I like getting home earlier.

You can train yourself to be an earlier riser, but it may take time to adjust.  In all honesty I’m shocked that I like an earlier schedule so much.  If I were in your shoes I would try to do a 9-6, and maybe see if you could do a shorter lunch so you can get done sooner.

Post # 10
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The world favors morning people.  Those of us who aren’t morning people will always be looked at as lazy.  I would LOVE your schedule!!!  I work 8:30 – 5:00 and I can barely handle it.  I am at my best when I wake up around 10:00 – no matter what time I go to bed.  And no matter how early I go to bed, 7:30 in the morning KILLS me.  I feel hungover, dizzy – it takes a couple of hours for me to feel human, and what have I accomplished in those couple hours?  Nothing.

I wish there wasn’t so much value placed on working early in the morning.  It doesn’t make you a better person than me just because you can be at your best before the sun rises.  I’ll happily work my 8 hours, but I wish I could do it on MY time, which would be 12-8 or so.  I actually used to have a schedule where I worked 3-11 and that was delightful.

Post # 11
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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akshali2000 :  I also have a flexible schedule and choose to work 8:30-4:30 (with a one hour lunch break, also flexible which I take 12:30-1:30). I also never ever used to be a morning person but honestly, if you stick with a routine and go to bed early you will 100% get used to it. I can’t imagine staying at work until 5 or later now, and until 7 would be torture for me, like wasting my entire day! Also I would consider when the traffic is busiest and what hours would make your commute easiest. 

Post # 12
2617 posts
Sugar bee

I think it totally depends on the person. My brain kind of shuts down around 5pm and always has, so I have to make the most of the earlier part of the day. 9-5 has actually worked best, if I get home any later I won’t do anything productive, i’ll just spend more time in front of the TV. 

My best hours are 10-3. I know I can work out after work if I get off at 5, but I can’t study or do any major projects or errands. So if I have to do those things I have to do them before work. Or work earlier in the day. But I know lots of people who need the sleep more than they need the specific time windows, and working later in the day works better for them..

You’ll figure out a rhythm for what works best! However, the fact that you’re going to be staying up until 11 or later to talk to your fiance makes me think you need to do 9-5 or 10-6. You DO need to get sleep regardless of when you go to work. 

Post # 13
462 posts
Helper bee

Oh man, so many late risers in here! I make my own hours and usually work 6-2 or 7-3. I love having my entire afternoon free. 

Post # 14
13947 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My client is pretty flexible — I usually work 6-3 there and then go home to do telework corporate stuff.  For my onsite client stuff, we really just need to be there from 10-2 so there’s a time for meetings to be scheduled when the whole office is present.  

The early shift is an adjustment — I wouldn’t rule it out just because you were tired the first day.  Try it for a few weeks, and make an effort to go to bed early so you get 6-8 hours of sleep.  I get up at 430 every day, am at work by 6, and manage to squeeze in a workout right after which gives me an energy boost for the evening.

Post # 15
1569 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I do like 9:30-5:30 (I don’t have the extra hour in there for lunch). It’s late enough that I can sleep in and miss traffic, but early enough that I come home at the same time as DH. I also work from home one day a week, more if I need to but typically just one day a week. 

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