For the past decade or so I have been able to more or less work whenever I want. My current schedule has me working from home 3.5 days most weeks, with one day in the warehouse and a half day meeting/collaborating with my partners.
In my last post Balancing Out the 24x7x365 Nature of Online Business I talked about the importance of setting boundaries and some of the things we’ve done to make it easier to step away from work so we’re not tethered to our laptops all day long.
What I didn’t cover is when you should work. If I really wanted to, I could work nights and weekends and take off my weekdays. Or work early mornings, take afternoons off, and work evenings. Or really any combination of work hours one can come up with.
But that’s not what I do. I work mostly between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM, pretty typical hours. I surmise that most people working from home would end up on the same schedule eventually. Why? Because that’s when everyone else works. Social events happen on nights and weekends. Uninterrupted work time happens on the weekdays. For better or worse, that’s how it is.
The flexibility to adjust your schedule on any given day that comes with being a business owner and working from home, that’s where the real value is because you don’t ever have to miss out on an opportunity because of your rigid work schedule.
It’s the same reason that polyphasic sleep schedules like Uberman almost never work for people. It makes sense to sleep when everyone else sleeps, just like it makes sense to work when everyone else works.