What are the challenges with working at night?

Question: What are the challenges with working at night? Read answers from remote workers to learn.

Interview with Jenna, a freelance writer who works remotely to help manage her health

Sometimes it’s an issue. I think I rest so much during the day that I end up energized at night. It’s not ideal, but I’ve made it work for the most part.

Since I’m an introvert and don’t have a big social life (or children) it’s been mostly easy to work in the late afternoon/evening when I feel the most productive and alert. But because I have more energy later in the day, I end up taking breaks from writing to clean my apartment or run errands. So it's definitely a balancing act.

My fiance works 2nd shift and wanting to spend time with him is definitely a motivator for me to get my work done before he gets home. I do struggle at times because my day is kind of upside down, but when I worked in an office I worked 2nd shift too (by choice) so I think it’s just how I operate.

Jenna started working remotely after realizing her office job was causing health problems—now she works as a freelance writer and writes about self-improvement

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Interview with Ben, a web developer who freelances from home

This is an easy one. I've tried this a few times, and still sporadically pull an evening or a night sometimes.

There is nobody online.

This can be both a blessing and a curse, but more times than not, it means you can't get anyone to answer a question, be it a code problem you want to ask another developer about (or stackoverflow), or a project question you need an answer to that's blocking your progress.

Other than that, it's that a lot of the people in your life will want to do things, and are only available in the evenings or at night to do them. It's a lot harder to work when you have friends asking you to join a game or go to a movie.

Learn the tips and tricks Ben uses to stay productive while working remotely on a hybrid team

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Interview with Patryk, a Front-end Developer & UI Designer

I've always considered myself a night owl 🦉. I was dead tired in the mornings and fully productive in the evenings.

After graduating from university, I decided to schedule my day to fit into that rhythm. I was waking up at noon, reading a book, going to the beach for a walk, eating healthy breakfast, doing some errands.

Then, at 4pm, I'd sit down and work until midnight. After work, I'd still have some time for myself.

It might feel unnatural to most people, but I was nailing it. I still consider that time as a highly productive and well balanced period of my life.

It's a lifestyle that's easy to sustain when you're single, but when I started living with my fiancée, it became impossible. My priorities have shifted from focusing on my own needs to spending valuable time with my beloved.

Patryk has learned that there is no reason to wait for the flow - once you start working, it will happen naturally.

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Interview with Katerina, a team collaboration consultant who sees the value of discipline

I do my teaching at night. This scenario is challenging when we have virtual calls that go far beyond my bedtime. There is nothing I can do about this scheduling problem.

Due to personal circumstances I also need to get up early. My solution is to get some sleep directly after putting the kids to bed.

It is not ideal, but better than staying up until the wee hours. I also plan low-key tasks for the following day.

Katerina fell into remote work by accident - she reveals how easy and straightforward it can be to make discipline a daily part of remote work.

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