Being punctual for international conference calls isn’t always easy! Thankfully, we have tools to keep us on time.
What time is it?
In every single one of my conference calls, a client will inevitably ask “so what time IS it where you are right now?” They all gasp when I give them 6-12 hour difference (depending if I’m in Europe or Asia) They chuckle at what a weird life it is and, shortly thereafter, it’s on to business as usual.
I’ve always been a night owl. Honestly, I feel most productive once the sun goes down, so I enjoy working evenings. I telecommute for Art & Logic, a software development company based out of California. I’ve been with them for 15+ years, worked over 150+ projects, had countless face-to-face client conference calls and did so while logging in from 20+ countries around the world.
I try to keep Pacific Coast hours (UTC -8) but that translates into evenings on the other side of the globe. While in Europe, I work 6pm – 2am. While in Asia, I work 9pm – 5am (or around there)
And of course, when we’re camping on the West Coast, I actually, really truly work 9am-5pm. Although, waking with the sun makes all the difference in the world!
I’ve tried so many apps to wrap my head around who was where and what appointments I had coming up. TimeBuddy was my go-to time site, but it took too long to mentally convert my schedule. For a while I had multiple clocks hanging on the wall with different time zones, like a hotel lobby.
The best combination I’ve found are these 2 little gems from Google Labs: Next Meeting tells me exactly how many hours until my next appointment, and World Clock shows the time zones in my designated cities.
I may not always care what time it is NOW, but I know I have 2 hrs until my next thing. Perfect!
As if things weren’t already confusing enough…
Asia – doesn’t honor daylight savings time
Europe – honors it a few weeks before… or is it after?
Arizona and Hawaii – they don’t play the DST game at all
and most recently…
Florida is talking about dropping DST.
Daisey is a UX designer for Art+Logic by day, soul/funk singer by night, full of love and always smiling.