In the past, I discussed a new schedule of working 3-12 hour days and an 8-hour shift at work to help with coverage with second shift at work. My employer knows I’m dependable enough not to call off for my shift, unlike others, and I need to extra cash. Starting last Sunday, I’m now working 4-12 hour shifts. Now that such a schedule was implemented, I almost get the feeling I’ve been silenced in a way but I’m willing to accept the changes and challenges.
I am happy about the change of working 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. four days a week now. For the next month, I have Tuesday and Thursday off, with my weekend off. The following week I have Wednesday and Friday off than working the following weekend. So the most I work is three days straight when I have to work a weekend. To be honest, it’s not a bad schedule at all. I just have to get used to a new sleeping schedule.
Thus far, I have been sleeping in four-hour increments. For instance, I would get home at 8 a.m., get to bed around 9 a.m. but wake up around 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. At some point during the night, I would repeat the cycle. The following day, I would take another four-hour nap before work. It’s not ideal but last night I sleep a good 7 hours straight.
I won’t see the monetary benefit until next week. It will be nice to have a little extra cash to start paying down my accumulated debt. In addition, I may be able to actually afford to get my car fixed before a major snowfall comes through. I will have to adjust my budget one I find out how this affects the bottom line.
The benefit of this change is I’m more relaxed at work and at home. I don’t have to deal with all the negativity at work since I see most employees going home for the day or just reporting the following day. In addition, many times I’m the only one on the floor with the charge nurse, so I can do as I please as long as certain tasks are done. While its a nice change, there is part of me feeling I have been silenced in a way.
But honestly, I’m okay with it. It’s not as big of a change as it would be for most people. Yes, I have to be patient with my circadian rhythm (24 body clock) to get set but in time, I think the new schedule is going to be ideal for me.