I live in US Central time. My job is on the East Coast.
- I keep my computer set to Central time, it’s that way all the time when I travel except…
- When I go to DC for work, when I’m in the office, I reset my computer to Eastern time.
Microsoft Outlook does a pretty good job with meeting requests and time zones. So it’s fine to send things back and forth with colleagues while our computers are set to different times. In the office though if my computer’s time doesn’t match everyone else’s while I’m in the same time zone they are I’d never make it to a meeting at the right time.
Rapid Travel Chai writes,
I keep my computer on US Eastern time to keep track of things back at base.
I do recognize a wrinkle with this. Seeing the time at home on my screen when I’m on the other side of the world keeps me anchored to what time it is at home. He keeps me attuned to the business day.
On short trips that’s great, it’s one little thing that helps me not adjust too much to the local time, it’s a way I snap back faster (and jet lag when I return home isn’t a problem I’ve had in any meaningful way in a few years).
On longer trips, vacation especially, it means I’m not really “letting go.”
Do you change your computer’s clock when you travel?