I came up with the following sentence:

It sometimes happens that I forget about weekends and holiday and continue working in the usual schedule but on my own projects.

Does it sound natural? I'm not sure about the preposition in.

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The normal preposition is you work to a schedule (BrE, but see 1 below for AmE).

There's often no easy way to predict what preposition to use in any given context, but I'd classify this one alongside other verb + preposition + [constraint] usages such as...

cook to order - only cook meals that have been ordered
work to rule - only perform work as specified by the rules
season to taste - only add seasoning that suits your taste

If it helps, you could understand this type of preposition usage as meaning according to.

1 See comments below, acknowledging that Americans are more likely to work on a schedule

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    Cisatlantically we tend to work on a schedule. (Actually most of us tend to work behind schedule, but you know what I mean.) Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 21:18
  • @StoneyB: Ah, right! I was aware of that as an "also-ran", but I didn't realise it's actually the more common usage in AmE. I didn't want to mention it partly because from my perspective it's not very common - but mainly because it screwed up my attempt to identify a "pattern". But you've forced the issue, so I'll flag it up in the answer! :) Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 21:42
  • We can also say: "I am working my usual schedule" without any preposition.
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 22:45
  • @StoneyB I don't know, tell me, please. Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 4:57
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    @DmitryBundin It's a joke. To be behind schedule is to have failed to finished things when you were supposed. Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 11:54

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