8 to 5-ers - how do you do it?

@maezee (34471)
United States
December 14, 2017 7:32am CST
I have been in a training class only since yesterday and through tomorrow in a suburb about 20 miles from home. The hours of 8 to 5. I am happy for the change of pace and ability to sleep at night since normally I work the midnight shift and sleep during the day. (I will go backt o overnights on Saturday unfortunately) and I am trying my best to enjoy it. I have never worked a job with this shift. My only day time job experience was working 6am to 330pm which I loved. It does seem difficult to deal with traffic. Also it seems to me after lunch time or around 2pm I seem to be losing my attention span. It also is weird getting to work when it is dark and then once again leaving when it is dark outside (during the winter anyway) What schedule do you work? And for those 8 to 5 ers, what helps you get through your day?
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@Courtlynn (54967)
• United States
14 Dec
My mom works 8-430 and likes it. As she enjoys being home for dinner and night shows. My brother works all different hours and loves working nights [3-10] the most.
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@maezee (34471)
• United States
14 Dec
I think 3 to 10pm would be a good shift. It would probably go by fast anyway!
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@Courtlynn (54967)
• United States
14 Dec
@maezee maybe.
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@JohnRoberts (66848)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Dec
I used to work 8-5 then 7-4 and you just grind it out.
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@maezee (34471)
• United States
14 Dec
Ewww that sounds terrible. I guess you just do what you gotta do.
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@sishy7 (27592)
• Australia
14 Dec
I've been doing it for 27 years so I'm pretty much used to it... Before that I worked at retail, restaurants, and 24-hour gas stations so I had experienced working night shifts and other non 8 to 5 shifts. I remember feeling 'different' when I started my 8 to 5 job.
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@maezee (34471)
• United States
14 Dec
Hopefully that is different in a good way! Working at a 24 hour facility is no easy task. Bit there are benefits (ie less traffic!)
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@sishy7 (27592)
• Australia
14 Dec
@maezee Yes, it was in a good way... I felt like my life was more 'settled' somehow... But you're right, the traffic then became something to think about on how to get around it best I could...
@LadyDuck (187471)
• Switzerland
14 Dec
I am retired now, I worked with my husband all my life, he was a self-employed professional. Working for yourself you have no fixed hours, we went to work very early in the morning and many times we finished around 7, even 8, pm.
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@maezee (34471)
• United States
14 Dec
That sounds difficult. How was it like working with your husband?
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@LadyDuck (187471)
• Switzerland
15 Dec
@maezee Most women find difficult to work with their husband, it's not always easy, but I liked to work with him.
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@NJChicaa (48365)
• United States
14 Dec
I work 7-2 so not the full traditional 8 hour shift. I’m used to it though after 17 years. Some people drink coffee throughout the day. I don’t though. I only have 1 cup at the start of my day.
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@maezee (34471)
• United States
14 Dec
Thats a good plan. What do you do if you start feeling sluggish? I would love that schedule by the way! So mich of the day is left over.
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@NJChicaa (48365)
• United States
14 Dec
@maezee I just power through. Sometimes I take a nap when I get home if I am tired.
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@peachpurple (12765)
• Malaysia
14 Dec
I haven't start working yet
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@maezee (34471)
• United States
14 Dec
Are you in the process of looking? If so best of luck to you.
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@FourWalls (16204)
• United States
14 Dec
How do I deal with it? Poorly. I get to work at 8:30 and get off at 12:30 (I work part time, just four hours). When I have to work on Sunday (because of a big project or because I'm going to be off during the week and don't want the work to pile up on me) I come in once I "naturally" wake up instead of having the alarms do it for me. There was a Dilbert line that I used to have: "who arbitrarily decided that 8 AM was a good time to start work?" Tell me about it!
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@maezee (34471)
• United States
14 Dec
Haha. I know I would need a solid start time or I would just never be in at a decent hour. Lol. By I do wonder what 10 to 6 scheduled arent common. Or 6 to 2!
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@marlina (80439)
• Canada
14 Dec
Luckily, I am retired. But when I was working I hated the commuting.
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@maezee (34471)
• United States
14 Dec
It does seem terrible from the couple of days Ive experienced it.
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@rina110383 (24065)
15 Dec
We observe flexible time at work, as long we as render 8 hours a day.
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• United States
15 Dec
Two pm is the worst time of the work day, plus time seems to slow down.
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@Corbin5 (122327)
• United States
14 Dec
When I taught, not happily retired, I would work from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but usually stayed later to catch up or attend a meeting.
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