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Review post - Timeshifting
Timeshifting
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Amazing, what you discover.

 

Putting up this website has been a huge learning experience, in more ways that I imagined. In one respect, it has been life-changing.

 

Over the past two years, I have worked with designers, programmers and other professionals in Canada, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Australia, Phillippines, India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine. I have not met a single one of them, and less than half have I ever talked to. All communication has been by Skype or e-mail, and we have used various on-line applications for file sharing and our project management system.

 

Since out of necessity I have had to choose low-priced independents, for the most part I have had to adapt to their time zone when communicating by Skype. For the first year or so, I mostly worked with people in the Western Hemisphere, but over the past year most of my team has been in Asia. This has required me to start my TCE workday at 10:30 PM (11:30 during Daylight Saving Time) when they arrive in the office in the morning (their time), and typically continue through till 2:00 or 4:00 in the morning (my time).

 

It has sometimes been very gruelling, but overall it has been immensely liberating and, as I said, life-changing.

 

All my life I have had great difficulty waking and getting out of bed in the morning, and rarely felt fully rested; also great difficulty finding any energy or mental clarity for several hours thereafter. My values tell me I should get up early, and I often have felt that what I accomplished before noon was the measure of the success of my day. But that is what my head likes; my body does not like it at all.

 

Shifting to this late schedule has been transformative. I now usually get up between 10:00 and 12:00, and find I wake easily, feel fully rested, and am mentally clear and energetic almost immediately. Whereas I used to find it difficult to eat any breakfast, but would get ravenous by mid-morning, I now eat breakfast when I wake, and am ready for lunch at noon. I can eat dinner at a "normal" time with my wife, and sometimes will have a snack later in the evening or wee hours of the morning.

 

I have found these midnight hours to be extremely productive, as I can focus in the quiet atmosphere. Whereas I have had great difficulty over the years falling asleep at the "usual" bedtime, I now find I fall asleep easily as well.

 

In short, for most of my 62 years I have been fighting the natural circadian rhythm of my body, and it has made for a lot of misery. It took this website project to bring me into harmony with the pattern of my own metabolism, and I can tell you, it sure feels good.

 

Amazing, what you discover.

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