Working from 9 to 2 and again after dinner

“I get nearly eight hours of sleep a night!” Ms. Hermanson, who works in entertainment in Los Angeles, said. “This is unheard of. My doctor always said to me: ‘You need to sleep more’ “.

07:30 Michelle Flamer, 65, who works for the Philadelphia city government, sometimes goes to the kitchen after waking up and starts working right away. Why not? She is not leaving the house, so there is no need to shower yet. She sometimes thinks, confused, of all the tasks that fit her in the morning, such as reading Bible devotionals, feeding her pets, and getting on the train. “It’s amazing how much you can get by getting up around 6:30 and running out the door a little before 9,” she said with a chuckle.

10:00 For many parents who work from home, especially mothers, the mid-morning hours are a time of intense productivity.

“In the morning I can just slam things,” said Laura Bisberg, 37, who works in a university press in New York. “My energy starts to drop after lunch.”

A lot of remote workers, like Ms. Bisberg, have found that their productivity rates are more idiosyncratic than they ever allowed themselves to think possible. Some people are more acute at the start of the day, fueled by caffeine, and ready to go through their spreadsheets; others are practically useless until the sun begins to set.

Working from home has meant more freedom to pay attention to these patterns, and 80% of remote and hybrid workers say they are equal or more productive outside the office than they were in the office, according to Microsoft. Job progress index.

11:30 The dating frenzy is in full swing. Across all companies, the pandemic was accompanied by a creepy encounter. Microsoft Teams users, for example, have seen their meeting time increase each week 250 percent from March 2020. The increase could be driven by a genuine desire on the part of employers to keep in touch with colleagues and perhaps even, some workers speculate, by Managers are afraid to keep an eye about how people spend their time.