I recently started working a “normal” 9-to-5 morning shift at work… and I can completely relate to this article:
But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.
We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.
Now that I can’t work out or work on projects in the morning (and then start work at 3PM), I find myself too exhausted to go to gym after work ends at 6. Cooking after work also seems like a huge chore.
Do you have a 40-hour workweek? If so, can you relate?