10-Hour Work Day
I'm switching my schedule around a little bit (with the help of my supervisor, of course). I'll be working four 10-hour days now, instead of five 8-hour days. I think this is going to be a good change for me. I'm a little bit concerned that working later will be hard with my running schedule, but I'm sure I can make it work.
If you work 5 days per week, you are working 71% days of the year. If you work 4 days per week, your days worked per year drops to 57%.
One clinical I was interested in during PT school was a position in an emergency room. The therapist assisted with differential diagnosis in the ER, assisted with gait training for patients who were able to discharge home, and floated to the acute setting in the hospital if the ER was slow. The therapist works three 12-hour shifts and one half day. Actually, now that I write about the ER clinical, I wish it would have worked out. I would have liked that opportunity. (Budget cuts ended the position in the ER.)
I had a summer job in high school where I worked 11-hour shifts. It actually wasn't too bad. The time went fast. I was exhausted by the end of the week, but I also had 3.5 days per week where I didn't work, and was able to relax and get personal things done.
There are many pros and cons to working different schedules. Longer days at work can be tiring, but also give you an extra day at home. Commuting 4 days a week is much different than commuting 5 days a week, especially if you are in a bigger city. But, working shorter days at work gives you more time in the evenings to make dinner, exercise, and spend time with your family.
It's fun to dream about changing my schedule or rearranging shifts. I can organize more weekends with my family, or even pick up more overtime hours. But, the best benefit is working at a flexible, fulfilling job- regardless of the hours.