I’ve never had a 9-5 job before. I’ve worked days of 9-5 here and there, but it wasn’t the norm. So now at the tender age of 40, I am set to embark on what most people probably think of as “a regular ife”.
I suppose that much of the fault lies with my choice of careers. Had I chosen to be an accountant or lawyer I am sure that I would probably be enjoying a regular 9-5 lifestyle at this very moment, instead of writing a blog post at 1:30 in the morning. Yes, I’m halfway through my last night shift. It’s been a very quiet night so far. I’m hoping that I didn’t just jinx myself. It can get very busy, very fast here… so we try to enjoy the peaceful moments while they last.
It’s going to be quite an adjustment for me.
Starting work at 8 in the morning is going to be a welcome change! Sure beats 6:30! Of course, it also means that I’m now going to be part of the commuting crowd. I walk to work now, but that’s only a short-term plan. On the other side, leaving at 5:00 is going to seem like a very short day. I’m so used to working 12 hours, that anything less than that is going to automatically seem short.
Unfortunately I’m also used to having 4 days off in a single stretch, so a regular 2 day weekend is hardly going to feel luck much of a break. I’m going to have to learn how to get things done in the evening, and not rely on my weekends as much. I’ve always taken for granted that I can pretty much schedule anything around my work shifts. In every 8 day period I had essentially 6 days which were available to me to schedule appointments, errands, etc… it might cut into my sleep if I was working a night shift, but it was still a possibility. Now if I want to see the dentist it’s going to cost me vacation or banked time.
It’s going to be an adjustment! Only another 6 hours to go…