Let’s Change Our Work Hours

keep-calm-mondayMonday Monday, can’t trust that day,
Monday Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way
Oh Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be
Oh Monday Monday, how could you leave and not take me.    ~Mamas and Papas


Monday’s really aren’t that bad, but somehow our culture has psychologically made it the fall guy for all jobs we hate and bills we have to pay.

So I put it out to you — If mankind — or rather the working world — could work their “8 Hour Day” any 8 hours straight they choose, could Monday (or any other day) be still successful — and less stressful?

I will use myself as a shining example. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found myself to be a night owl. Or rather my body thinks it’s a night owl. I love the evening, the night — I could stay up until 1-2 a.m., windows open, music, writing, folding laundry, whatever the calling.

I also could sleep in until 8 or 9 a.m. every day after that, too.

So why couldn’t I punch a time clock at 11 am and punch out at  7 pm? Or some mornings punch in at 9 am and get out at 5 pm? Or punch in at 1 p.m. and scoot at 9 pm?

I know — first off you say I should get a second shift job. I don’t think they do my kind of advertising work at night.

I know — you also will say that companies can’t have people coming and going all the time; that their utilities would have to be on 24/7, which would cost more money to them, and less to me. Well, my household utilities are often on 24/7 — or 21/10 anyway, so it’s time for companies to join the millennium.

I want to be able to wake up with the birds when I want or sleep until they’re at their noon siesta. I want to wake up and see it’s raining and turn over and sleep a few more hours. I want the freedom to wake up peppy and prepped or sluggish and sluggy, and have both be an okay start for the day.

I suppose it’s one of those wasted daydreams like what I’d do if I won the lottery or lost 50 pounds. But I live on daydreams. I dance with the Arts, with the Muses, with the Dreamers and the Philosophers. Free thinking is a blessing, a gift, and a burden. Rather to carry that burden than others that exist around me.

But back to the flexible schedule. I suppose the truth is that I’d push the start time further and further back until I was working the night shift. Which is time to go to bed. Guess it is all just a continuous Celtic Knot with me at the center.

I suppose retirement is the only out for me. Or lots of half-days off. Or winning the lottery. My best chance is the last one.

Got a dollar?



8 thoughts on “Let’s Change Our Work Hours

  1. You know what, I’ve been thinking about this same thing! If I HAD to work 40 hours a week at my current job, I’d rather work four 10-hour days (so I could have a 3-day weekend), and I would work it like this: 8am to 1 pm noon and 5 pm to 10 pm. I like working in the morning and at night. I HATE working in the afternoon!!
    I agree, daydreaming is fun, even if it won’t ever happen. 🙂


  2. Not soon enough, girlfriend. 4 years. Which is better than 20. I never thought I’d look forward to that day, because I’m too young to retire. But I’m finding that I’m done working for the “man” and am ready to do my own thing 24.7. So I figure I have 4 years to lay the ground work for one bangup time once I’m home full time.

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  3. Ahh, the joys of retirement. Although, when I worked from home for over sixteen years, I kept whatever hours I pleased.

    I, too, am a night owl. I’ve always been more creative at night. I regularly go to bed at two or three in the morning and rise at nine (or later). I love starting a writing session at ten o’clock p.m., knowing I have at least four hours of uninterrupted writing ahead of me. And that’s my plan for the next nine days, so I can finish a book.

    Is retirement on the horizon for you, Claudia?


  4. This is so true! I your back on the lottery thing. Let’s go in on tickets..win….you can write, I can proof…voila, and we shall set our own hours, to wheneber the heck we want!


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