Last night at around 1 in the morning, I went on a bit of a twitter rampage. I had a brilliant idea. Though I know it will never come to fruition, I still feel it needs to be said.
How many people, as they enter the workforce, are more productive at night? Of course, as we get older and have to force ourselves into the swing of the 9-5, we are able to make that transition. But starting out as college grads? A morning person is probably few and far between.
As a night owl myself, I often have productive moods and strokes of brilliance in the late hours of the day, or perhaps even the wee hours of the morning. While I’m grateful for my opportunity to work at Brady corp. over this summer (incredibly grateful, you have no idea) I obviously have to conform to their typical office hours of 8-5.
Truth be told, I’m terrified of that. I don’t work nearly as well as I could at 8 in the morning. It will probably be around 2 or 3 when I can be as productive as they’d like me. I need to change that, and I have 2 weeks to do it, but I’m still worried.
And this leads me to my beautiful brain surge.
Why not have the average shift, rather than be 9-5, be 3-11? Yes. 3 PM to 11 PM. Or something around there.
People will cry out, “what about family dinners?!” Psh, why not have a family breakfast and lunch?! Two for one deal.
Not only that, but isn’t sunshine beneficial for us both mentally and physically? With a 9 to 5 shift, we waste almost all of it locked away behind desks. With something like a 3 to 11 shift, you can wake up whenever you please and experience a bit of the day.
And for college students, like me? I’d thrive. I could sleep until 10, I could take the dog for a walk, I could sit outside and eat a nice lunch, and then get ready and make my way to work. Can anybody working a 9 to 5 enjoy any of that luxury? Not at all.
Of course, this is something that will probably never happen (at least in my lifetime). The current workforce has mostly already adjusted to the hours of 9 to 5, and are probably quite happy with them.
But if I had my way, let me tell you… I would be the best worker ever in a shift that’s more night-focused.