I blogged recently in Obstacles to the dream – Options and opportunities that I had been reassigned to a work location that provided little in the opportunity for shift penalties and weekend work.
In reaction to this, I sought out any chance to work additional hours to make up lost income. An opportunity was posted for staff willing to work the following two Sundays. I responded quickly, and soon received confirmation that I had been allocated the Sunday shifts. Double time work, happy days!
Shortly after this, I was contacted by HR to advise that I could return to regular work locations that provide more penalty shifts and weekend work. Another colleague was keen to work at the Monday to Friday work location, so in exchange, I was provided her shifts.
This was a blessing but also came with strings attached. My colleagues shifts were primarily 1-2AM finishes. Obviously, after getting home, going to bed at 2 to 3 AM is not ideal to get a solid sleep and I end up feeling slightly fatigued most of the time. In itself, this is not a big deal as the shifts usually last a few days and then I get a day or two off to recover.
However, as I had already taken on the Sunday overtime shifts and my colleagues shifts were not aligned to a Monday to Friday week, I find myself working 10 days straight. By this Friday, I will have actually have worked 17 days with only 1 day break. Subsequently, I’m dragging my feet a bit.
I reflected on this a moment though. How many successful people work Monday to Friday and have weekends off? I would be confident in saying it would be close to zero. Successful people are aware that when they aren’t working, some one else will be working and potentially they will be losing business to them.
I thought of the new immigrants to Australia that run small business. I used to frequent a supermarket close to home when I lived in Sydney. The Asian owner was there, 7 days a week for 12 hours per day. Obviously, these hours are not ideal for family time but they pave the way to success.
I considered also the brave men and women that have fought in war. Years can go by where they are involved in active combat. I’m fairly certain that in the World Wars, there was no cease fire called on weekends. They essentially worked 7 days a week and often 24 hours a day, primarily for the reward of serving their country and hopefully coming home alive.
Putting it all in perspective, working 10 days straight is no great accomplishment or even hardship. I have obviously been softened by decades of Monday to Friday work and need to harden up to succeed in order to achieve my dream of early retirement.