August 1, 2012 at 7:39 am #35562
So I’m writing this from my apartment this morning as I sit here in the dark, topless, and in my PJ’s and can’t help but think about how awesome it is to be off on a Wednesday. See one of the few things I actually like about my job is that I’m on a flexible schedule, meaning that I can make my hours whatever I want them to be within a few restrictions (can’t work past 7 or on weekends without approval). All they really care about is that I’ve logged my required 80 hours during a given pay period and that my boss knows what my hours are going to be (which we keep updated in a spreadsheet on the shared drive).
I started taking Wednesdays off and working longer hours Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri about 6 weeks ago because I was being a bad lazy student and not getting all of my work done over the weekend (my TV and PS3 were feeling neglected so I naturally had to spend quality time with them). It’s worked out great because by Wednesday I’ve been working for 2 days so I’m out of “weekend mode” for the most part, so I could actually concentrate on finishing my assignments. But it’s also had one other benefit that I’ve really loved, which is that I only work 2 days in a row now–and then I’m off. Not answering emails, not helping contractors get paid, not helping people do simple stuff in excel, not using that dinosaur of a database, not doing any of that crap. It makes the work week seem soooo much faster.
While most people on flexible schedules tend to use their flex time to have 3 day weekends (I used to), I highly encourage you to try Wednesdays if you’re allowed. The psychological joy of knowing you only have to put up with your job for 2 days before you get to be at home again is so powerful. Not to mention that when you have errands to run it’s nice being able to run them in the middle of a weekday when everyone else is at work.
Just felt like sharing (OK and maybe bragging just a little).August 1, 2012 at 9:15 am #35568
I’m so jealous! That sounds amazing. I think Wednesdays are a great idea because you’re never at work for too many days in a row. Do you work 10 hours M, T, Th and F then?August 1, 2012 at 9:48 am #35573
Yeah I have to do 10 hour days, but once you’re there an extra 2 hours isn’t that horrible. I usually get into the office by 6 so I leave at 4.August 1, 2012 at 9:53 am #35574
i would LOVE to do 4 10 hour days and have three days off.
i used to work 10 hour shifts (10.5, actually), and brad’s right- its really not that horrible. i mean if your there for 8 hours, being there for 10 really isnt a stretch. what sucked for me in that specific job was that it was 10 hour days, still 5 days a week, and sometimes 6. i made a ton of money, but you do spend so much time away from your life…
also, i would have your situation happen to me when i used to work in kitchens (work for2 days, off one, work for 3 days, off two, whatever) and it is actually really nice to have that little break in the week.August 1, 2012 at 10:10 am #35575
I’ve got to agree with you there, Brad. Flexible schedules are amazing. The only reason I still tolerate my current firm is that my boss doesn’t care where or when I bill my hours as long as I stay on a rough 40 billable/week track (which is like 55-60 hours of work a week, basically, though sometimes it’s as much as 75-80). So, sometimes I just randomly decide — having no court or client calls or any pending meetings — to take a mental health day and relax, and it is BEAUTIFUL. There’s something kind of thrilling about playing video games at 11 in the morning instead of drafting motionsAugust 2, 2012 at 12:34 am #35637
Yes, weekdays off are awesome. I work 4 10 hour shifts a week Sun-Wed nights and have Thurs morning-Sun night off.
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