#MotherlandMusings: Why The 9 to 5 Life Sucks For Some of Us

Quote: The 9-5 life is a tree, and I’m a fish who can’t climb them.

We despise the endless routine and do not understand the need for strict workplace norms. We really hate wearing those formals to work; we prefer working in casual, comfortable clothes. We do not want to sit on a desk for 8/9 hours and then go home to eat and sleep.

Sometimes, we honestly do not feel the need to get on a long commute to work when we can actually get the job done working from home. We easily get distracted, exhausted and mentally drained just having to unnecessarily interact with too many people in a day.

We do not like the fact that our bosses tend to micro manage us sometimes; we do not enjoy the attention of that nosy coworker who wants to always have shallow conversations with us. And no, we cannot stand the annoying colleague who constantly shuts the lids of our laptops in a bid to get us to take breaks from work.

Don’t worry. There’s nothing wrong with you if you feel this way, and there are more of your kind. The creatives especially. Humans are different, and a good number of them are simply not built or tailored to survive the endless dynamics of working a 9-5 job.

This is not to say there aren’t great places to work where people love their jobs; in fact, a lot of startups are beginning to adopt better work cultures today. But ultimately, you do not need to be a genius to realize and agree that the 8/9 hour work duration doesn’t make sense given the human brain was not designed for it and we are now in a knowledge economy as opposed to an industrial one which dominated the 1960s.

The 8-hour work day was a byproduct of the industrial revolution; working in a factory was not cognitively demanding or deep work. So, companies that maximized production that had people work as long as they could without physical harm made sense. But the industrial revolution ended more than 50 years ago and we are a lot smarter now. I bet.

Whether they be physically or cognitively demanding tasks, most people tend to perform their best either in the earlier part of the day (i.e. larks) or in the later part of the day (i.e. owls). These individual differences are rooted in our bodies unique biological rhythms- when various hormones associated with energy and focus are released, and when our body temperature rises and falls. — Steve Magness.

Maybe we were built to create, to be free of the nearly compulsory daily 8/9 hour onsite work routine. Maybe we are more likely to come up with genius ideas and solutions between the hours of 9:00pm – 5:00am and not 9:00am – 5:00pm. Maybe we have been ordained with a life time mission to create valuable products and services that a Day jobs would not necessarily allow us focus on developing.

Just maybe.

When you look around you, you see how a bunch of (un)happy people constantly counting days until the next weekend, holiday and annual leaves simply because the majority of us are busy exchanging time for money instead of money for time.

This one is for the minority of us who deem it impossible to exist in rigid working conditions as this, I hope we find our balance and purpose and we fulfill our dreams and ambitions with time.

 

This article was culled form Issue 18; you can get your free digital version via – bit.ly/tm18download 

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