Bedtime is Overrated

It has been a week since I landed in Vietnam and I think I've dialed in my my schedule.

I work at an amazing, high intensity startup that is based in San Jose, California and Portland, Oregon. One of the many allures of the startup was the ability to work remotely.

My Schedule

In my startup, the engineers wear many hats so I need to be able to quickly react and work with other coworkers. With that in mind, I decided that I to want keep my work hours aligned with West Coast work hours. This led me to the following schedule:

Weekday Activities Time in Vietnam +7:00 UTC Time in California -8:00 UTC
Wake up and prepare for the day 4:30 PM - 5 PM 1:30 AM - 2 AM
Learn Vietnamese 5 PM - 6 PM 2 AM - 3 AM
Blog work at Cafe and Dance practice Mon, Wed, Fri 6 PM - 11PM 3 AM - 8 AM
Dinner with friends and family Tues & Thurs 6 PM - 11PM 3 AM - 8 AM
Work 11 PM - 9 AM 7 AM - 6 PM
Eat and prepare for bed 9 AM - 10 AM 6 PM - 7 PM
Sleep 10 AM - 4:30 PM 7 PM - 1:30 AM

I've come to realize that I love this schedule. I'm a night owl and I think the schedule fits my habits more than the conventional work hours.

Pros:

  • My brain has time to warm before getting into work, so I start work firing on all cylinders.
  • I am less stressed throughout the day because I've sorted all of my daily errands.
  • I avoid the hottest and sunniest hours of the day.
  • I work during my most productive hours.
  • I still get to enjoy the night life.
  • I'm just as productive in Ho Chi Minh as I was in the states.
  • I get to live in a beautiful, vibrant, and hectic city.

Cons:

  • Falling asleep after work can be difficult.
  • Late evening (PST) emergency work alerts interrupt my sleep.
  • I'm not sleeping enough.

Overall, I think the pros far outweigh the cons. The cons revolve around sleep. I believe a good night's sleep is crucial for a productive day and I think I've come up with some techniques to getting better sleep. I'll share that in a future blog post.

Working

As for productivity, working from cafes or where I reside is fantastic. I haven't worked at a co-working space yet, but I'll consider it in the future.

Wifi speeds, from my experience, range from 1Mbps to 50Mbps depending on the cafe, but on average you'll get 20Mbps.

Ho Chi Minh city is packed with amazing cafes. Each has their own unique aesthetic and personality. Over time, I've compiled a list of cafes that I visit for reliable wifi. I'll go to these if I need to be connected; otherwise, I'll go exploring the new cafes. I'll share my list of coffee shops in a future post.

(Yes, this is a cafe)