Changes & Challenges

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.

2 thoughts on “Changes & Challenges

  1. I use to work 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. at my last job. Some days the shift can be sluggish while others it can go quite quickly. I enjoy the freedom of someone not always breathing down your next, yet there is a lot of responsibility to do things right. Best of all, you can shop during the day or in the middle of the night and avoid all the rushes (weeknights and weekends). Winter can be difficult but you just need to be prepared.

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