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Thursday, July 7. 2011
Who works "9-5" anymore in America?
Most folks (if lucky enough to have work to do) work far more than that these days.
I work 7:30 to noon, then a little more than an hour in the gym or just walking around outdoors (then an apple, cigar, and a coffee for lunch while preparing a Maggie's post), then around 1:30 - 6 or 6:30 (on a typical work day). I have a roughly 35-45 minute commute, too. Not sure whether you'd call that a 10 or 11-hour day, but it suits me just fine. When I have deadlines, I work weekends but I try to avoid that as much as I can during the summertime. And I am linked into the office at home.
"Man May Work from Sun to Sun; But Woman's Work is Never Done." Is that still true? I find that my work is never "done" either. "Done" is when you're dead.
What are your usual work hours?
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7:30-5:30 or 6 with an hour commute. Jobs are very hard to find right now.
I work roughly 630 or 7 am 'til 7 or 830 pm. However, I take breaks as needed, being the boss. I am also committed to working about every third or fourth Saturday, all day.
Furthermore, I have this highly lucrative editing job for Maggie's on the side.
8-4, Monday-Friday(job taken so as to be able to look after the kids after school,etc). Used to also work 30 hours per week for a local parish, DRE, youth minister and preaching, but needed more time at home with the family than that allowed. Also a fabulously lucrative one woman blog (not) that I work on most evenings, and just finished a book chapter w a coauthor on eating disorders. Wrote a lot for Right Network when they were still paying their writers. Used to teach Sunday school but have been working improving garden on property up north a lot lately. When youngest kid launches soon will have to find something new to keep busy.
Feeling like a bit of a slacker saying I usually work 7-4 CT (I like an early start since we have company offices in the ET zone and we do support work here for our UK data center). I do put in a fair amount of time 2nd shift on Saturday nights (for some reason nobody lets us do disruptive changes done to computer systems during daylight hours :D) as well as daytime on Saturdays and Sundays for changes to the UK computer systems, and as needed for problem resolution.
I'm usually at work from 7 to 4 (whether I'm in the office or my home office). When things get busy, I'm doing more work at home in the evenings and / or weekends.
Most days: Up at 5:30 - take dog up to dam for a walk, back by six, on the boat by 6:30, off the lake at 11, lunch, work on the home a little, back on the lake by 4:30, off at 7, dinner at 8, rinse repeat with minor variations.
It's a tough life, but somebody has to do it.
7:30 to 5 or 5:30 most days at the paying job. Now if you count the yardwork and honey do list - those hours are much extended - usually it seems to be about 20 hours a day.
Much like the Barrister's schedule I work out at lunch for an hour or more.
The beauty of my schedule is that I only live a couple of blocks from my office and a couple of blocks from the Y where I work out. Not having a commute gives me alot of extra time in my day. I can't even fathom going back to that.
I haven't worked since 2008, but for my 25 years in corporate America it was 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. until somewhere between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. Plus travel and evenings/weekends as needed.
Now I am a housewife and only my husband keeps those hours. There's a little less money (he was always the bigger earner) and a lot less stress.
8 hour rotating shifts, in a 6 shift cycle. Daylights 0630-1430 this week.
Scheduling for a manufacturing operation, my first meeting is at 6:30AM, just prior to shift change. I'm usually there till 4:30 PM
I only work if someone is watching.
And, what was the Biblical curse? Too lazy to look it up, but it was something to the effect of childbirth for women, work for men. Can't argue with that.
'I like to lay around in the shade,
An', I ain't got no money,
But I damn sure got it made.
'Cause I ain't askin' nobody for nothin',
If I can't get it on my own.
If you don't like the way I'm livin',
You just leave this long-haired country boy alone."
I feel your pain "city folk".
My day usually starts around 2:30 AM. My gallant and loving bride of 37 years fixes my lunch while I briefly check the internet to see what Bird Dog and Theo have posted for my enjoyment.
Operating heavy equipment in a log yard usually keeps me busy beginning by at least 4AM and I work till 4PM when the the log trucks are shut off for the day, some days can be somewhat longer, lunch is almost always on the go.
The wheat farmers around here usually start working in their fields as early as possible in the morning, staying on the job until 8 or 9PM. Going round and around all day in a big 4 wheel drive tractor beats the crap out of anyone who drives one of the big rigs.
I am never not working.
Any self employed guy knows exactly what I mean.
(I'm adding this blah-blah-blah, because the spam filter wouldn't accept my one-word comment above.)
6:30 PM to 7 AM, 7 days on/off. My off weeks: 2-4 days (or not, sometimes) at a small hospital 50 miles away. The free clinic will be reopening in August so I will serve every other Thursday and Monday. God is good.
On a bad week, four Ten-hour days. On a good week, five or more of them. I need the OT. O700 to 1730, Monday through Thursday.
I just wish we could start about 0500 and get off at 1530. I'm not an "evening person", and by the time I get home, I'm pretty much toast for the day.
But I'm on the floor by 0430 most days anyway, so I would not hate going to work a lot earlier.
Lately I leave the house at 5:30am and get back at 7:30pm, but that varies depending on what I'm doing and what state I need to be in. One thing I really love about my line of work is that I go all kinds of very interesting places.
But I'm having some wine tonight and will sleep in until 6:30 tomorrow and work from my desk.
twelve hour shifts, alternating days and nights: 6AM - 6PM and 6PM - 6AM with 1-1/4 hour commute both ends
4 nights, 3 days off
3 days, 1 day off
3 nights, 3 days off
4 days 7 days off
cycle repeats every 28 days. I work 14 days per month, 168 hours.
What gets to me is the constantly changing circadian rhythms. Being a 60s kid I am no stranger to altered states and this schedule taxes my consciousness like nothing else I ever encountered. I love it.
BTW 25 years clean & sober helps. Eff that "have you ever been experienced?" crap.
Commute 80 miles one-way 5 days/week. If I leave the house at 0430 I can get to work by 0600, if I leave at 0600 I don't get to work until 0900. If I leave work at 1500 I get home at 1700, if I leave at 1800 I get home at 2100. So avg work week 58 - 70 hours. I listen to lots and lots of talk radio.
Very interesting comments.
For me - 10 minute commute
RN night shift 6:30pm-7:30(or so)am
3 day work week
Here's the kicker, as I have told day shift:
when you are getting report from nights,
the first day you're talking with someone
who has had no sleep in the past 24 hours,
the second day, 5-6 in 48 and the third,
10-12 in 72.
Medicine (law enforcement, fire fighting, military)=
sleep deprivation, right?