Ideal Work Schedule

Poll: What’s Your Ideal Work Schedule?


You’ve got a busy life – but you’ve also got a ton of work. How do you juggle the two?

We want to know what your ideal work schedule would look like.

Would you work from 12 PM to 8 PM? How about 3 AM to 11 AM? Or are you happy with your current hours?

Things to consider:

  • Time of day you’re most productive
  • Boss/co-worker hours
  • Family/life commitments
  • Family/friends schedules
  • Clients/customer hours
  • Leisure time

Please take our poll, and tell us what you think in the comment section below!

What's your ideal work schedule?

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Ariella Coombs

Ariella is the Content Manager for CAREEREALISM. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.


  1. 12 noon to 8 pm. I sleep until 7 am, work out, use my mornings for running errands and I’m off at 8pm in time to go out for drinks or movies, etc with friends.

  2. Prefer 6:00 am to 2:30 pm to work breakfast and lunch shifts in restaurant or hotel restaurant. This allows time in afternoons for other activities and late lunch with family on Sundays and on major holidays.

  3. Hi – I’m remote employee working from home. I log in 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m Central Time. Most of my peers work Eastern time at the corporate office; a downtown urban metropolis. By logging in early to work , I get the day rolling while those in the northeast are commuting. I’m productive while everyone else is stuck in traffic. I get to log off and immediately begin to enjoy my evening. I calculate that by working from home I save 2 hours a day. (at a minimum) so, For the past five years I’ve gained 10,240 hours of my life back….let’s see, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year = 8,760 hours.
    Like the commercial says, “more than a year of my life back, priceless!”

  4. I work remotely and second the approach by Jodie. I start between 7 and 8 depending on the day, but need to take a time out in the afternoon when my children arrive home from school after 4. This allows me to understand any commitments they have for the next day. Then I can refocus as necessary to finish up in the early evening anything with a pending deadline.

  5. Much like nurses, firefighters, and paramedics, I work in an industry where I work 12 hour shifts. That being said, my schedule is a 3-day 12 hour work week. Perfect! It’s like working part time with all the benefits! It does make for a long day if things are slow, but that rarely happens, so I love it!

  6. I am an Independent Contractor and work from home. I am most productive while my daughter is at school. She is on the bus by 7:30am and off the bus at 3:30pm – so this is the time I am most productive and hold the majority of meetings and client calls/support. However, I can work after she is home from school as needed; so sometimes, I may have a meeting at four, or just take an hour or two here or there throughout the evening to finish up anything or last minute items that came up at the end of the day. I am very blessed to have such a flexible schedule!

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