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.


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.) – StoneyB Jul 8 '15 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! :) – FumbleFingers Jul 8 '15 at 21:42
  • We can also say: "I am working my usual schedule" without any preposition. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 8 '15 at 22:45
  • @StoneyB I don't know, tell me, please. – Dmitrii Bundin Jul 9 '15 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. – StoneyB Jul 9 '15 at 11:54

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