The 4 AM Club

I've been in Sydney with my wife for the last 10 days. We will be here until December 21st. Sydney is a beautiful city- my favourite, in fact, but it's achilles heel has always been its timezone. If it's 1:00 PM in Toronto, it's 5:00 AM the next day in Sydney. In past visits to Sydney, Ada hasn't been a remote-first company. On this trip, I decided to try out a remote-first approach to working from here. I created a window for meetings during my early mornings that overlaps with Toronto. I begin work between 4:30AM and 5:30AM (12:30 PM - 1:30PM in Toronto) and finish up at around 4 or 5 PM Sydney-time. I take one or two breaks to run or swim in the afternoons.

The view from our rental in Bondi Beach, Sydney

What I have learned so far from this experiment

This works for me. I have yet to survey the teams I work closely with to see if they agree. I think I will try to carry on with this schedule when I get back to Toronto. It won't have the same advantages, but it will still give me more time in the morning for reflection. It will also force me to go to sleep earlier, which I have often struggled to find the discipline to do.