This is not confirmed or anything (by me anyway), but I’ve got a feeling some bs system of government created the 24 hours in a day routine. I think the idea behind it was to create a balanced quality of life while also putting a good amount of time into working, thus being useful to society and the economy.
For these reasons, the phrase 24 hours a day came into existence. I believe it was originally intended to separate the major aspects of our lives into thirds. 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work, and 8 hours of personal time.
The trouble is, that system doesn’t work- at all! And it’s all because we have allowed the government to so fully take over our lives, that all we do is dedicate our time to work, or else spending money. We are so desperate for this money to spend, that we don’t even seem to mind this less than stellar way of living. We have one life to live, and probably 45% of it is spent working, 40% sleeping, and 15% doing what we want. What a great way to live…
So going back to the 8/8/8 hour separation. We have 8 hours of work, right? Wrong! Each day you wake up early to get ready for work. This amount of time is very different for each individual, but for argument’s sake, let’s say this takes an hour. Shower, make-up, clothing, all the works. Are you working here? No, but it’s all in preparation for work.
Next, most people have to drive or otherwise transport themselves to work. Again, this takes each person a varying amount of time, but the average may be something like an hour commute. Some people have significantly smaller, and some larger of course. Commuting happens twice a day, so before we even put actual work into the mix, 3 hours of our 8 designated for “free time” is used up, just to get to and from our job.
Okay, so now we finally get to work. That’s 8 hours. Except it’s not. Most jobs have an 8 and a half hour day, because God forbid companies actually pay us for the usually mandated half-half hour lunch. So that’s 30 minutes of your free time used up in the middle of the work day, 30 minutes in a place you don’t want to be, doing what you don’t want to do. Superb!
So after your shift ends, you take the long commute home, unless of course you have to work overtime. I feel like many people work plenty of overtime. Depending on the job, shift, work-load, whatever… most people probably wind up working about 10 hours a day at their job, whether by choice or requirement, mainly because companies do not give a damn about quality of life, or because they pay so low that folks are completely desperate for a bit of extra cash just to get by.
So by the time you get home, there’s already over half the day gone, 13 hours roughly.
So our 8 hours of free time have now been cut down to 3 hours. And what do you do in those three hours? You might relax, you might collapse on the couch, exhausted from a hard days work, too spent to actually enjoy yourself. But you’ve got to cook dinner, go shopping, clean the house, pick up or drop off the kids somewhere…basically you spend it caring for your home or others. Before you know it the moon is shining, your eyes are drooping, and that soft bed is calling your name.
But you’ve still got stuff to do, or you actually want to enjoy your life somewhat, so you stay up later than you should, thus dipping into your 8 hours of sleep.
When you finally concede to sleep for those short 5-7 hours, it is restless and interrupted, because you’re too stressed out about going to work the next day, or paying the bills, or finishing up some house project or worrying about the kids or something. Your mind is doing anything but sleeping.
Then you wake up groggily, a big reason why you give yourself an hour to go to work, and it takes a while for the engine to warm up, and the cycle starts all over again.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could work 4 days, and have three off?
Nope. Can’t do that. Cuz then we would all starve.
We have one life to live, and it f-ing sucks.