New Work Schedule
March 1, 2018
Author: Bianca Yang
The current work schedule expects humans to work consistently for too long. It is nearly impossible to sustain eight hours of work without becoming exhausted by the end of the day. This work schedule also clashes with childrens’ school schedules. Because everyone works for nearly the same hours every day, working people have much more difficulty in scheduling visits to places like the bank, the doctor’s office, the dentist’s office.
One way to resolve these time conflicts is to regulate when certain types of businesses are allowed to be open. This sounds ridiculous since people have already baked into their heads this idea of “working hours” and because people don’t want to be told what to do by the government. I intuitively want to say it’s a bad idea, but I’m a bit brain-blocked as to why.
Another way to resolve this conflict is to put everyone on flex hours. Every business is technically open 24/7. If you want to stop by, you can ping the owner or operator when you get there. This sounds attractive from a selfish consumer’s view, but this model disrupts working flow. This model will also end up placing too many demands on people’s time. For operations that require coordinated effort, people will still set shifts so life balance is maintained.
I am going to propose a less ridiculous working schedule that should prevent end of workday fatigue.
Shift 1: 9am - 12:30pm
Break: 12:30pm - 3pm
Shift 2: 3pm - 6:30pm
Total Working Hours: 7
Compare this with the current working schedule:
Shift 1: 9am - 12pm
Break: 12pm - 1pm
Shift 2: 1pm - 5pm
Total Working Hours: 7
My schedule is more convenient for parents who need to pick up and drop off their kids at school. It also gives a nice, long break at midday for lunch or a nap or running errands. For those who would complain that I’m eating too far into the evening, I’d say that you could restructure your life. Most people eat and relax or work more in the evening. I never really enjoy eating dinner, so I would just not eat that meal. Rather, I’d eat a larger lunch and achieve the same daily caloric effect. There is evidence to suggest that eating fewer meals is better for you because fasting promotes some kind of beneficial chemical processes. The evening is a time to relax and unwind. Don’t try to cram too many things into a space where your body wants to loosen and let go. If you find yourself running out of time to accomplish your goals, either review and cull your list of things to accomplish or become more productive during the day time.
What do you think? I have a schedule like this on Tuesday and Thursdays this term. The long lunch period is extremely relaxing. In fact, today, I took some of the time to lay on some grass and watch the clouds.
I don’t like reading email, but you can email me if you want to chat about this.
我曾經覺得自己寫文章的風格太死板，好像我從開始這個部落格到現在沒有進步。 但這樣的想法應該不對。我認為寫字只是整理腦子裡的思想的方式。你如果想得通， 你應該也能寫得通。所以我的問題在於我的國語技術還不夠流利。但我不會放棄，因為 我知道我只要每天專心的練習就會達到我渴望的境界。