Friday, January 13, 2012

21 Hour Work Week...Here I come!

Last night, I read this article about changing to a 21 hour work week.  This would allow a lot of the unemployed workers to fit into the workforce, and it would also be good for the environment, reducing rampant consumerism a bit, and changing what the world prioritizes.  Yes, it would take a large re-haul of our current societal structure, but I think it would be worth it. 

I am all for this, mostly for selfish reasons.  Most of my days look like this:

5:30:    Drag myself out of bed, have coffee, blog, check the internet for useless news.
6:15:    Wake up Hubby, jump in shower
6:30:    Help Hubby get kids ready for school, eat cereal.
7:00:    Rush the kids into the car, drive to daycare
7:15:    Drop off kids.
8:00:    Arrive at work
11:00 : Take my 1 hour lunch break.
12:00:  Return to Work
5:00:    Leave Work
5:15:    Pick Up Kids from Daycare
5:30:    Arrive home and eat dinner (thanks Hubby for making it)
5:45:    Do homework with Son #1 (or alternatively take Son #1 to an activity)
6:00:    Play with kids
6:30:    Most days I go to taekwondo at 6:30 or 7.  Sometimes I play with the kids longer, or help
            clean up the house. 
6:45:    Put Darling Daughter to bed
7:30:    Put Son #1 and Son #2 to bed
8:00:    Chat with Hubby (if I'm not at taekwondo), Watch Game of Thrones, play a game
9:30:    Go to bed.
5:30:    Start Over Again

My life is extremely busy, and it's extremely routinized.  It revolves around going to work so I can buy things that I use up, so that I can buy more things.  Who needs things anyway?  Are things so important that our family gets turned into something we see for roughly 2 hours a day?  The world has its priorities backwards.  Capitalism isn't so important that it needs to get in the way of family, is it? 

Our children are growing up without parents, because parents are working so much.  Husbands and wives are divorcing, because they simply have no time to spend with each other.  Life is hectic and stressful, and it doesn't place value on the important things like family, togetherness, love.  Value is placed highest on material items in our society.  Isn't it time to make a change?

I'd love a 21 hour work week, so I'd have time to hang out with the most important people in my life: These Guys:


  1. I will have to read that article.  What a great idea to go to a 21 hour work week.  My day is similar to yours, starting at the butt crack and not ending until at least 9PM.  And still, it often seems that there aren't enough hours in the day.  Crazy.

  2. Reagan Bergstresser-SimpsonFebruary 10, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    Love it. I have to say, I'm working PRN (part time hours) right now... and wow, what a difference it has made in our lives. Sadly, we won't be able to sustain life at this rate for too long but I do feel it is the RIGHT idea. Even reducing to 35 hours instead of 40 like many of our european friends makes a significant difference. 

  3. Yeah I'm thinking 30 hours a week could be good for me. When can I make that happen?


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