We all know that remote work promotes flexibility, which means remote workers can do their jobs at night.
For many Filipino remote workers, opting for the night shift is one way to land premium clients on the other side of the globe.
Still, how do you ensure success with each graveyard shift? We’ve listed some habits you might want to start cultivating now so you can reap the benefits later.
Create And Stick to a Night Shift Routine
Like regular remote workers who begin their day with morning rituals, the right pre-work routine can streamline things and make them easier.
A routine outlining what you need to do before, during, and after your night shift can help you feel more in control and thus lower your stress levels.
Know When You Are at Your Most Productive
Working the night shift is already tricky.
Pay attention to when your energy peaks and ebbs in the evenings. This enables you to maximize your time and plan your shift accordingly.
Basically, save your most challenging and most important tasks for your most productive hours. Work on everything else afterward.
(You can even dedicate a chunk of your night shift to moving around just to get a bit of exercise.)
When You Can, Soak in Some Sun
It can be difficult to get some sun if you work nights.
A bit of vitamin D is crucial to one’s overall health, after all.
Whenever you can, take a walk during the day just so you can soak in a bit of sun.
However, avoid sun exposure as soon as your shift ends because it can send the wrong signal to your body, jolting you awake instead of preparing you for sleep.
Control Your Caffeine Consumption
Yes, coffee can help you stay alert during night shifts.
Yet, it’s better to limit your caffeine consumption if you want to hit the sack once your shift ends. (Tea contains caffeine too! So, take it easy on the tea as well.)
If you can’t help but drink coffee, be sure to drink enough water to balance it out.
Unplug After Work
Make it one of your habits to disconnect after work.
Exposing yourself to blue light emitted by gadgets can affect your rest.
Don’t give in to the temptation of watching television too!
Instead, lower the temperature of your room (as much as you can since you’re sleeping during the day) and make yourself comfortable.
You’ll be asleep in no time.
Maintain a Consistent Sleep Schedule
Speaking of, a consistent sleep schedule can do wonders for you.
You’re also less likely to develop sleep disorders.
Make sure you still have at least six to eight hours of sleep each day.
While it can be difficult to sleep in the mornings, try your best to simulate nighttime.
This means blocking out the sun with blackout curtains or using a sleeping mask.
Keep your room cool as well so you’re comfortable.
Of course, avoid stimulants like caffeine that can affect your sleeping schedule.
Building the Right Habits for Successfully Working the Night Shift
Developing good habits for working the graveyard shift ensures a successful and lasting remote career, especially if you don’t plan to change your schedule any time soon.
On that note, if you want to work online during odd hours, then head to Remote Staff’s job listings. We always update it, so you’re sure to find a role that best suits you.
Remote Staff has also been around for 16 years (and counting)! The company is currently expanding to the US, so night owls who are looking to earn dollars are welcome to apply!