(Closed) Ideal work from home schedule?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Hi!

I work from home too and I absolutely love it.

I am always struggling with work hours too, so I definitely understand your dilemma. I even have two jobs, (both from home), so I need to combine two jobs in one work week.

I am very tired and might have a condition or illness (I’m getting results soon), so I tend to sleep in a little. Usually until 9am. While this may sound as a luxury, for me it is essential to get enough rest. Working from home definitely helps here!

So I tend to get up around 9am and start working at 9.15

On days that I have full concentration, I just work from 9.15 until lunch break around 1pm, then do groceries, as this allows me to go outside and catch some fresh air. Then around 2, I start working again until 5.30pm.

On days that I lack complete concentration (such as today lol) I try to go by the top of the hour principle, working for 45 min in absolute concentration, and then take 15 min off, to relax. I do that every hour. It works for me, but obviously you need to be able to take about 7 times a 15 min break. It adds up. I make lunch, do laundry, or just relax in those minutes.

There are also days when I just have to work really hard and work until 11pm or work during the weekends. That sucks, but I just have to deal with it and hope it’ll get better soon. 

 

Anyway, for me, getting up a little later and working a little harder during the day, works best. Whatever schedule you decide on, be sure to stick to it, but also be realistic about it. If you definitely want to have the long lunch, it seems like your schedule is fine, if you can cope with the early hours in the morning. Also, you could opt for working until 6 or 7pm, if you have a big lunch, you might not need a big dinner.

The only thing that would concern me then, is how do you feel after such a big lunch? I always get an after lunch dip if my lunch is too big, and really can’t work after that anymore!

 

 

 

Post # 5
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688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Would you manage if you keep your afternoon schedule, but sleep in a little later, till say 8 or 8.30? You would then work less hours, so you would perhaps need to work a little harder during those hours.

For me, that’s definitely worth it, but I know that I can manage with my work. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ana77 – I’m curious, where do you live that lunch is the main meal and most people get a really long lunch hour?

(I hope that didn’t come off as snarky, I’m genuinely curious, I find it interesting the differences between countries/areas. I met a girl at a conference I went to from Argentina and she said it was very common there to go out to dinner at 10pm!)

As for me, even though I have a job perfect for working from home (computer programmer), and my boss is currently in the process of writing a policy to allow us to schedule working from home, I like going in to the offiice. I don’t foresee myself setting up a regular work-from-home schedule like some people in my department are looking forward to; I think I will only work from home when the weather is bad or when I have to be home for something like furniture delivery or carpet cleaning.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ana77:  I am trying to figure this out for myself. The two factors for me are: when do you like to work out? When do you work best? I find that in the cold months (October through March) 7:30 to 12:30 and then 2 to 5 is my favorite. I roll out of bed and work and then can and shower during my break. During the hot months (April through September) I work from 8:30 to 12:30 and 1 to 5. My boss is totally cool with it.

My boss also allows me to be flexible. I say that 8:30 to noon and 2 to 5 is my “on-call” hours, but I also need “creative” hours. I can’t write technical jargon (part of my job) while answering email. She knows that I will bill my official hours, but it isn’t uncommon to see me working at 6 am or 8 pm when I know I can write in peace.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My husband works from home and is also a night owl. He works from around 11:30 AM-ish, takes a break at 6 when I get home, and then works another couple of hours around 11-1AM.

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