On remote work and time zones

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with a client on the opposite coast. However, this presented its own set of challenges, the primary one being dealing with time zones. So, I naturally learned to adjust my communication to factor in time zones since it would be embarrassing for me to schedule a 2pm call and then have the client not show up.

I enable multiple time zones in Outlook, my chief timekeeper at work, as shown below.


Fwiw, you can also enable multiple timezones on Google Calendar


But the original tweet appeared to have sparked interest in the topic among my followers, largely techies and I received a lot of useful tips.

David Haney uses relative time, which is great for same-day scheduling.

Steve Lorello uses UTC, which works great when scheduling meeting with a software-focused crowd.

Michael Godfrey uses the 24-hour calendar aka military time to avoid confusion.

Oscar “OZ” Zamora always specifies the location. This is something I could start doing myself since I communicate with Canadian coworkers all the time.

A friend with a private Twitter account also mentioned blocking off time on the calendar if you don’t need to be disturbed. For instance, if you need to do heads-down coding all afternoon just block the afternoon off. Also, if you have coworkers or clients reaching you after-hours block those off on your calendar.

Do you have any additional time zones and calendar tips? Feel free to share in the space below



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