The invisible cage of the working week

I’m a shift worker. I’ve been a shift worker for over 7 years now. My shifts are either 06:00 to 14:30, 14:00 to 22:30 or 22:00 until 06:30, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I work a pattern of 6 days on, 4 days off, doing two early shifts, two late shifts and two night shifts. As a result weekends, bank holidays etc. are effectively meaningless for me. It’s either a working day, or it’s not. This has given me a different perspective on “office hours”. Office hours of roughly 9 – 5, 5 days on, 2 days off seem incredibly restrictive to me. A real throwback to the industrial revolution.

Office Clocks Showing Different Times

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Has the mobile phone adversely impacted social interaction?

I recently finished reading Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and while reading it a question sprung into my mind. Has the advent of the mobile phone actually adversely impacted on  overall social interaction? Reading the book was a general reminder of how much things have changed in many ways in the intervening 65 or so years since it was written but I really noticed how much more people from that era were required to interact face to face. As someone who has lived his entire adult life with a mobile phone it’s hard to remember what it was like B.P. (Before Phones).

before-mobiles

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Creating the writing habit

I wrote a couple of months ago about what to do with the time I’ve created by cutting things out of my life and this only being worth doing if I use the time to indulge passions and creativity. Likewise one of my life principles is creative recreation and I always feel like I want to write something. But there is then usually a disconnect. I have good intentions but I don’t actually write anything.

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