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Many of us love some aspects of our jobs.

Whether it's our coworkers, roles, responsibilities, salaries, travel, or even the free coffee in the break room, we can all find at least one thing we love.

But if I had to take a wild guess, I'd say that little (most likely none) of us truly love the 9-to-5 workday.

It's an outdated system, championed by American labor unions in the 1800s (which made sense at the time) that might actually be bad for our health and less productive than what was originally intended by the pioneers that came before us. 

In their defense, they probably didn't foresee computers and technology making humans ultra-productive, sedentary beings. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average (full-time) American employee works 8.56 hours per day in 2018.

But I think a more interesting way to look at this statistic is how much time we spend working vs. other daily activities:




If one-third of our day is spent sleeping and the other third is spent working, that only leaves us with about eight hours - or less - of "us time" - time to enjoy friends, family, hobbies, fitness, reading. You know, the things that you can't wait to do every time the weekend rolls around.

It also means that we spend two-thirds of our lives either working or sleeping (minus retirement). No thank you! 

What has to give? Is it up to employees to take after our ancestors and form unions? Or is it on companies to enforce a sweeping change? Or maybe it's so deeply embedded in society that there's no way out.

I'd love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to write in anytime - I respond to every single email. 

Until next Friday, Thinkers

- Brian

P.S. There's also The Philosophical Argument for Working Less (And Wasting Time)
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