The 9 to 5 life is a tree, and I am 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 while 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 colleague who wants to always have shallow conversations with us. And no, we cannot stand the other 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, misfits you dare say. Humans are different, and a good number of them are simply not built or tailored to survive the endless dynamics of working a 9 to 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 maximize production had people work as long as they could without physical harm, and that totally made sense. But the industrial revolution ended more than 50 years ago and we are a lot smarter now and should know that you can only get so much active cognitive work done from a human being in so much time.
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.
When you look around you, you see how a bunch of (un)happy people constantly count the days left until the next weekend, public holiday and annual leave simply because the majority of us are busy exchanging time for money, instead of money for time.
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.
Whichever side of this scale that you choose to stand on, this one is for the minority of us who deem it impossible to fully exist in rigid working conditions. I hope we find our balance and purpose, and I hope we fulfill our dreams and ambitions.
This article was written by Joyce Imiegha; connect with her on IG here