5 Tips To Work In Different Timezones

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Check out these proven, 5 easy tips to help you deal with the challenges of working in different timezones.

  1. Chunk Meetings
    1. Try your hardest to chunk your meetings into a specific time of day and certain days of the week. That way if you’re in a very different timezone than you don’t have to wake up at all different hours of the night for meetings.
    2. You can also chunk your meetings at the beginning, or end of the month so you can relax and enjoy more of your vacation for half of the month.
  2. Check Email 1x A Day
    1. This one can be tough if you haven’t started off your relationships this way, but it’s huge for keeping people from freaking out when you’re on a different schedule (and it’s good for your mental health in general haha).
  3. Don’t Fight The Jetlag
    1. At least right away, you’re already on the schedule of your co-workers maybe for the first few days or a week or so stay on that same schedule. It will give you one less thing to worry about while you’re acclimating to your new surroundings.
  4. Google Calendar Timezones Feature
    1. This thing is a lifesaver, even when I’m in the US! It allows you to see multiple timezones at once in your Google Calendar view. Here are directions on how to use it.
  5. Try To Travel North & South
    1. This is the most obvious one, but if possible try to travel north to south and not east to west. As an American, you can see a lot of different cultures and landscapes without changing too many timezones by going to Central or South America.

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Transcripts Of The Video

hey guys coming in
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lauren from digital nomad lifestyle and
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i’m coming in today with one two three
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four five tips for working and
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scheduling work while working in
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different time zones number one is going
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to be chunk meetings so there’s two ways
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that you can chunk meetings
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one being is chunking your meetings by
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the time of day for example picking one
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time of day from like two to five pm or
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one four pm or nine to 11 am and making
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sure you only schedule meetings at those
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times on specific days
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that way when you travel remote you
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don’t have to wake up at one o’clock in
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the morning at four o’clock in the
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morning and six o’clock in the morning
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you kind of can wake up one time
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and then knock out all your meetings
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back to back to back
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for me what i do is i chunk my time
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tuesday wednesday thursday i don’t have
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regular meetings outside of those times
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that way when i’m remote i know monday
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friday i can be a little more flexible
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with my schedule and then also
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if i go to china or when i was in turkey
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i only had to get up once and then i
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could knock out two or three meetings
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and i wouldn’t have to wake up three or
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four times in the middle of the night
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the second way of chunking your meetings
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is
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either front loading or back loading the
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month with meetings so what i mean by
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that is either maybe you set the first
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and second week of the month for regular
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meetings and you keep the third and
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fourth week pretty free or vice versa
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you can make the third and fourth week a
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little bit more
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free and then keep the first and second
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week open so i recognize not everybody
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can
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you know decides when they have meetings
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and stuff like that but if you could try
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to work with your colleagues and keep
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and try to like keep meetings in those
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time zones or maybe just look at where
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your meetings are already kind of
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scheduled and make sure and try to fit
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meetings into those some those same time
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frames that’s that would help that helps
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out a lot i know that helped me a lot
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especially in china china was crazy it’s
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like a 12 hour time difference and so it
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would have been a nightmare if i had had
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meetings all over all around the day it
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would have been crazy
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so number two is checking email once a
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day so get used to clients and employees
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get used to answering
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their emails and their messages one time
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a day that way they’re not expecting you
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to reply in an hour or two or three or
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four
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there’s another one that can be a little
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tough you kind of have to set it as a
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boundary right off the bat with a lot of
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your employees and um
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and and or clients because uh generally
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they’re not yeah they’re probably not
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gonna like that too much
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but trust me it’ll help up quite a bit
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and if you just get them used to it then
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you’ll find that they’ll they’ll figure
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out solutions themselves and or they’ll
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give you more information in the
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messages and emails because they know
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you’re not going to sit there for three
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or four hours and message back and forth
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them every single day
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so number three is going to be jet lag
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let what i use what i mean by that is
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use jet lag to your advantage
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so if your time
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your time frame is already kind of set
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to america and you’ve traveled to uh i’m
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going to say iran you know because i
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really want to go to iran that your time
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zone’s already kind of set to your um
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your co-workers and your
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customers so maybe don’t fight
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that jet lag like just keep kind of
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going with it and kind of keep that same
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schedule that you had before i realized
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it’s not quite as fun if your time
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schedule is a little bit different than
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kind of some of the locals and stuff
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like that
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but it can work pretty well at least for
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like the first couple days of the first
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week that way you can kind of get your
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bearings and you’re already working kind
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of the same time as before
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and you know if you don’t tell your
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employees or clients you’d be surprised
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how many employees clients co-workers
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don’t even know that you’re gone if you
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don’t say anything
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so number four is going to be using
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google calendars time zones within
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google calendars you can um
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change the settings so you have two time
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zones so you can see your time zone and
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then the time zone of your home or maybe
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one of your major clients or a group of
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major clients or something like that
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that’s huge for me i use it even when
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i’m in denver because i have a couple
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clients on the west coast which isn’t
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far it’s only an hour difference but i’m
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an idiot and so i forget which way it
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works all the time and so i just have
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two times right there so i can see real
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quickly okay
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it is 10 o’clock in denver and obviously
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right now in istanbul it’s you know 8
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p.m or something like that okay killer
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so we should schedule time bam you know
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that’ll help you out quite a bit i’ll
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put some
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notes
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in the blog post some directions on how
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to do that as well if you guys want to
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check out the blog post so number five
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is pretty
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self-explanatory travel north and south
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don’t travel east and west so the what i
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mean by that is the more you travel
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north and south
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and the less you travel east and west
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the less you have to deal with time zone
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differences
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for me being in america i can go to
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south america i can go to countries that
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are
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super different from america and i can
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experience some crazy stuff and the time
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zone differences may be two or three
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hours different which really isn’t that
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big of a deal at all
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so
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those are my five tips right there
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number one chunk meetings
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number two email once a day
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number three jet lag what make it work
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for you number four is google calendar
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and then number five is try to stay in
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the same time zone try to travel north
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and south not east and west this is
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lauren with digital nomad lifestyle
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official digital nomad lifestyle on
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instagram
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for the website alright until next time

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