Does anybody like working 9 to 5? Getting out of bed and to the office by eight or nine in the morning. Staying until five/Six. Five days a week. With two rest days. Then back at it again. Every week.
Do we really like that?
Because we sure do complain about it a lot. It’s embedded in the language we use around an office and when talking about offices. We see it stamped on oversized coffee mugs and repeated endlessly in movies and TV shows.
Everybody hates Mondays. Wednesday Hump Day. TGIF. And what about staying in the office for eight or nine hours straight? Given that the “Afternoon Slump” is a thing, I’d say there are people who find it challenging.
The world splitting into two tribes of workers..
On the one side, working 9 to 5’ers – salary slaves who have to sell their souls just to keep treading water. On the other, business owners and the self-employed – people who work for themselves, from anywhere, and take control of their time and life. If you had a choice, which would you choose?
I believe there is much more than working 9 to 5 thing. Work is something which we love doing all the time and that makes us happy. Something that creates value and makes a difference. Something that makes life extraordinary. Work is dedication.
So why do we still accept this working 9 to 5?
First of all, it’s now 8-to-5 or 9 to 6, though that can depend on where you live and work. The short answer to why we still accept it, is because we’re socialized to. We’ve become so used to seeing people hating Mondays, living for Fridays, and despising early mornings that it has all become normal. We expect a standard work schedule to be a hassle, and so when it is, we think nothing of it.
And while there may be plenty to dislike about the 8-to-5 workday, it would be hard to argue it’s all bad.
The original 8-hour work day was proposed to create a balance of sorts. In a day of 24 hours, the idea was that a balanced life should have eight hours to sleep, eight hours to work, and eight hours for recreation. There’s definitely something to be said for having a set time to work and a set time to stop working and do something else.
While technology offers us all greater freedom from our desks, it also shackles us more tightly to our jobs. With so much work now being email-based, and so many companies now using cloud computing instead of traditional servers, it’s harder than ever to actually “leave the office.”
Since technology is here to stay, it will fall to managers and employees to work out workplace boundaries and expectations regarding when work should begin and end.
Working 9 to 5 is not a natural state for most of us. Sure, there are some who love the routine of going to work and spending the next eight hours at a desk, but others – usually labelled “creative” types – can feel bogged down and stifled by this level of routine.
Humans are not robots, we don’t plug in and perform at the same rate of output for eight hours straight. Our energy comes in peaks and troughs.
Why not work when we’re most productive, not when a job demands it?
Have you ever shown up to the office at 9 a.m. on the dot, knowing that you wouldn’t be in a productive mindset until at least 11 a.m.? Or, have you arrived on time with the mindset that you’d already wasted your most productive hours that morning, eating breakfast and drinking coffee until it was finally time to leave for the office?
Every professional works best at a certain time, and it’s clear that a one-size-fits-all schedule like a 9 to 5 doesn’t actually work for everyone. Sure, there will be some overlap between every employee’s most productive time and the traditional workday, but wouldn’t it be better for the business if everyone was able to focus on their deliverables when they were the most focused?
As an employee, it’s up to you to make sure that you’re meeting deadlines and hitting your goals, but the ability to live a flexible lifestyle will actually help you achieve those to-do’s in less time and work on the other areas of your life that you’re passionate about.
Kill the routine before it kills you
Steve Jobs once said: – “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Can you work for a company when you know you always wanted to create your own? You will always remain unhappy. A part of you will always cry. And you won’t be satisfied ever.
DO WHAT YOU LOVE…
People are found much happier when they’re living where they want and spending their time doing things they’re passionate about. As a digital nomad, you can architect the life you want.
I’m not against working 9 to 5 schedule or the people into it. I’m against those who think this is what work is!
The main aim of working is making yourself and your life better, happier and more adventurous.
If it isn’t happening, you are not working…. just surviving!!
Think over it!!!!