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Buck
08-20-2012, 04:56 PM
Any tips on getting through the day quicker?

I just took my lunch 9 hours into my shift, but I don't think I could do this every day.

NewChief
08-20-2012, 04:58 PM
You don't have to do it every day. Just 4 days straight. ;)

BWillie
08-20-2012, 05:00 PM
I wish I could work two 2x20's

BigMeatballDave
08-20-2012, 05:01 PM
I was working 4x12 and I took my lunch/dinner breaks 6-8 hours onto my shift.

Fish
08-20-2012, 05:01 PM
Everybody interprets the passage of time differently. Not sure there's an easy answer.

Have you tried cocaine?

ChiefsNow
08-20-2012, 05:01 PM
I'm working 4 10s and love it. It's great having a 3 day weekend every week.

Scorp
08-20-2012, 05:03 PM
Any tips on getting through the day quicker?

I just took my lunch 9 hours into my shift, but I don't think I could do this every day.

Find a quiet and secluded place and take a nap for a couple hours out of the day. This way the day feels shorter and you will be more refreshed.

Reerun_KC
08-20-2012, 05:03 PM
I work like 4x7's and 1x5ish

stevieray
08-20-2012, 05:04 PM
stay busy, don't watch clock.

loochy
08-20-2012, 05:06 PM
I work what's called a 9/80.

Week 1: 4x9, 1x8
Week 2: 4x9

It's awesome because you get a friday every other week to take care of whatever business you need to. I rarely have to use my vacation days for stuff.

I don't even notice the extra hour...I'm usually here closer to 10 hours most days anyway (depending on what is going on of course).

Here's how you deal with longer days: stay busy. If you are bored the days will seem loooonnnggg.

A couple of months ago I worked 7x12 for about 3 months straight. That sucked incredible balls.

Red Beans
08-20-2012, 05:08 PM
Everybody interprets the passage of time differently. Not sure there's an easy answer.

Have you tried cocaine?

Terrible idea... a quick burst followed by hours of antsy agony, unless you have a lot of it.

Downers are my recommendation. LMAO

blaise
08-20-2012, 05:18 PM
4/10 is way better in my opinion.

CoMoChief
08-20-2012, 05:25 PM
I work 4x10 now and I fuckin love it. 8am-7pm Mon-Thurs, Every week is a 3-day weekend for me. Yes the days are very long at times, but it's worth having that Fri off.

Man is it worth it. LMAO

Dunit35
08-20-2012, 05:26 PM
4x10 is awesome. I get 3 days off a week and it is well worth it.

NewChief
08-20-2012, 05:41 PM
Phone with 3G data plan, secluded bathroom, girly thread.

In all seriousness, I work 5x10, plus a freelance job at night, plus my wife has opened a business that I feel like is my third job, plus I got 2 kids. No sympathy.

mr. tegu
08-20-2012, 05:42 PM
Nothing beats 3 12s.

NewChief
08-20-2012, 05:43 PM
Nothing beats 3 12s.

I would so be into that, especially if it was a job I could "leave" there. Sadly, about any job I work requires I take it home with me and then some.

QuikSsurfer
08-20-2012, 06:13 PM
I worked 4x12 when I lived in KC, back in the day. I loved it and tried to take my lunch 7 to 8 hours into the shift. As long as you stay busy and avoid watching a clock, it's pretty smooth.

Gonzo
08-20-2012, 06:20 PM
I work 6x14 right now. Sucks ass but only a few more days to go.

We hired a guy to take 40% of my duties so I can work harder in operations and private investigations. The god damned guy got trained, worked a week, (which increased my duties because I had to explain everything to him) the took a fricken vacation for 1.5 weeks.

Ass

listopencil
08-20-2012, 06:22 PM
I work 3x10 and one 6, with a raise in my hourly pay so that I make as much as the 4x10 guys. It's pretty nice. Only downside is that I work from 0500 to 1530. That is really fucking early in the morning to start work.

kstater
08-20-2012, 06:23 PM
I work 4x10 now and I fuckin love it. 8am-7pm Mon-Thurs, Every week is a 3-day weekend for me. Yes the days are very long at times, but it's worth having that Fri off.

Man is it worth it. LMAO

You think a 10 hour work day is very long?

listopencil
08-20-2012, 06:25 PM
Nothing beats 3 12s.

I used to do that. Loved it. I remember at the time thinking I'd love to to work two 20's with an 8 hour rest period. Then California changed its labor laws around so I work 3x10+6. I still get a three day weekend every week.

|Zach|
08-20-2012, 06:26 PM
I miss having any kind of consistent schedule at times.

Buehler445
08-20-2012, 06:29 PM
I don't miss watching the clock. I work close to twice as many hours, but it's way better.

listopencil
08-20-2012, 06:31 PM
Any tips on getting through the day quicker?

I just took my lunch 9 hours into my shift, but I don't think I could do this every day.

Split your breaks up. You get two paid breaks and an unpaid lunch. Go to break about every 2.5 hours. Then plan out the things that you want to get done during each segment of the day. If you get bored, pile stuff on and pretend to be way behind.

lewdog
08-20-2012, 06:33 PM
I work 5x8 but would much rather do 4x10 although that isn't an option at this point.

KcMizzou
08-20-2012, 06:34 PM
I used to work three 12's. (got the other four hours paid free, but in exchange you maxed out at two weeks vacation) I worked that until I had enough time in to get a third week, then bid a normal Monday through Friday shift.

Mr. Laz
08-20-2012, 06:51 PM
used to work 5x12

it sucked

i found saving all your breaks for the last 5 hours works best

Dunit35
08-20-2012, 06:57 PM
I usually take my lunch no earlier than 8 hours into my shift, if I get one. If I have a lot of reports, I skip it.

Of course, I also drive around town all shift, messing with white trash. I can do as much as I want or as little as I want. Usually do as much as possible to keep me busy.

InChiefsHell
08-20-2012, 07:00 PM
I'm working 4 10s and love it. It's great having a 3 day weekend every week.

THIS!

They offered me that schedule back in 2008. My boss was sure I wouldn't last a week. I'll never go back to 5x8 unless they make me. I save so much vacation it's ridiculous. Plus having every Friday off is just fantastic.

Make it work if you can get it. The mornings were not as bad as the afternoons, but if you stick it out it's totally worth it.

NewChief
08-20-2012, 07:01 PM
I usually take my lunch no earlier than 8 hours into my shift, if I get one. If I have a lot of reports, I skip it.

Of course, I also drive around town all shift, messing with white trash. I can do as much as I want or as little as I want. Usually do as much as possible to keep me busy.

I hate taking a lunch. A ton of people I knew at my old corporate job would always go out and take like a 1.5 hour lunch (thus extending their work day by 30 minutes by taking a longer lunch). I never got it, as I didn't even want to come back to work once I left. I'd prefer to sit at my computer, eat lunch, read the Planet for 15 minutes, then get back to work and finish my shit for the day and get out of there ASAP.

InChiefsHell
08-20-2012, 07:01 PM
I go in at 6:00 AM, take lunch between 12:00 and 1:00...only 3 hours left after lunch.

petegz28
08-20-2012, 07:06 PM
4 10's and you can't make it through? Fuck I used to put 10 in at the office like nothing then come home and work another 2 or 3 5 days a week.

Gonzo
08-20-2012, 07:07 PM
Any tips on getting through the day quicker?

I just took my lunch 9 hours into my shift, but I don't think I could do this every day.

http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Want+some+cheese+with+that+whine+.+this+is+where+the_1dd6c1_3178424.jpg

scho63
08-20-2012, 07:08 PM
i haven't worked a 40 hour week for 30 years and that includes when I was unemployed!

I've had spurts in the last 10-15 years with some startups that I worked 100+ in a week...

Iowanian
08-20-2012, 07:11 PM
I wish I could pull off working only 4 10s.

hometeam
08-20-2012, 07:19 PM
I work 3x12/2x10 . On the 12 hour days i have to take my lunch late, otherwise im starving before its time to go home. I usually eat breakfast on the 12s and not on the 10s in order to move that lunch hunger a little farther out in the day.

Bump
08-20-2012, 07:24 PM
shit I used to have a job where it would be 12-17 hours per day, every week. It sucked balls. Good money, but boy did I hate it.

Bump
08-20-2012, 07:26 PM
I mean imagine getting to work at 10am and leaving at 3 am the next day, and then doing it again the next day and you could take a break, but they would get mad at you for it

lewdog
08-20-2012, 08:02 PM
I mean imagine getting to work at 10am and leaving at 3 am the next day, and then doing it again the next day and you could take a break, but they would get mad at you for it

WTF were you doing for work with that schedule?

ChiefButthurt
08-20-2012, 08:05 PM
Any tips on getting through the day quicker?

I just took my lunch 9 hours into my shift, but I don't think I could do this every day.


Work harder and the time flies by. Learn something new each day and free your mind sonny.

Gadzooks
08-20-2012, 08:14 PM
I work from home and have a flexible schedule. I'm on salary so I don't count the hours.
It's primarily project work that involves an international team structure.
It's an awesome arrangement that took a ton of work to get into.
Now I laugh when I hear the traffic reports the morning. I couldn’t imagine going back to the ole 9 to 5.

Sucky
08-20-2012, 08:16 PM
what the hell does 4x10 mean?

Canofbier
08-20-2012, 08:18 PM
what the hell does 4x10 mean?

Context clues, fool.

CHENZ A!
08-20-2012, 08:21 PM
I wish I could work two 2x20's

same.

petegz28
08-20-2012, 08:23 PM
I think it's clear the way you get through it is be glad you only have to work 10x4

NewChief
08-20-2012, 08:24 PM
I work from home and have a flexible schedule. I'm on salary so I don't count the hours.
It's primarily project work that involves an international team structure.
It's an awesome arrangement that took a ton of work to get into.
Now I laugh when I hear the traffic reports the morning. I couldn’t imagine going back to the ole 9 to 5.

My wife works from home and has the discipline for it (though she never turns her job off and works until midnight pretty often, getting up at 4:30am to go the gym...she's a freak). I could never do it. I just find too many other things that need doing around our house and lack the discipline for it. I can put in a couple of hours of freelance or "take home" work a night and maybe a few hours on the weekends, but I couldn't work a full 8 hours from home.

Buck
08-20-2012, 08:32 PM
I work 3x10 and one 6, with a raise in my hourly pay so that I make as much as the 4x10 guys. It's pretty nice. Only downside is that I work from 0500 to 1530. That is really fucking early in the morning to start work.

That's my schedule.

M-Th
5:00 am - 3:30 pm

Buck
08-20-2012, 08:35 PM
http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Want+some+cheese+with+that+whine+.+this+is+where+the_1dd6c1_3178424.jpg

I can't see the pic, but I wasn't saying I can't do 10 hours every day, I just can't take my lunch break after 9 hours of the 10 hour shift.

Chiefshrink
08-20-2012, 08:37 PM
Phone with 3G data plan, secluded bathroom, girly thread.

In all seriousness, I work 5x10, plus a freelance job at night, plus my wife has opened a business that I feel like is my third job, plus I got 2 kids. No sympathy.

"Hey, you and your wife didn't build that business" :p Glad to see that you are taking advantage of our free market of capitalism. Too bad you are in the crosshairs though by you know who:rolleyes:

Buck
08-20-2012, 08:38 PM
I think it's clear the way you get through it is be glad you only have to work 10x4

I would rather work 10x6 for the money, not even joking.

Just I realized today (and every other day when I used to be an 8-hour shifter when I was working OT), when it gets to about 2 pm I wonder wtf I'm still doing there and then time goes slow as crap. Almost like the last hour took just as long as the first 7.

rockymtnchief
08-20-2012, 08:47 PM
4x10's is cake. I work 4x12 in this damn heat and still wouldn't trade it for 5x8. Having a 3 day weekend is more than worth it.

rockymtnchief
08-20-2012, 08:53 PM
I can't see the pic, but I wasn't saying I can't do 10 hours every day, I just can't take my lunch break after 9 hours of the 10 hour shift.

In the spring and summer we take no breaks. Not even 15 minutes for coffee. We go go go and the day flies by.

NewChief
08-20-2012, 09:25 PM
Oh: afternoon coffee ritual usually helps me out. I usually make a french press at work around 2:00 or 2:30. The ritual of the press calms and renews me, and the caffeine powers me through the remainder of the day and into the evening work time (when I switch to wine once the kids go to bed).

Psyko Tek
08-20-2012, 09:28 PM
I did 4x10;s and loveed it
but I had no real boss, was a consultant, really lucky if I did an 8 hour day
also did a 3x12 4x12 night shift
never new where I was supposed to be

Gadzooks
08-20-2012, 09:43 PM
My wife works from home and has the discipline for it (though she never turns her job off and works until midnight pretty often, getting up at 4:30am to go the gym...she's a freak). I could never do it. I just find too many other things that need doing around our house and lack the discipline for it. I can put in a couple of hours of freelance or "take home" work a night and maybe a few hours on the weekends, but I couldn't work a full 8 hours from home.

It was difficult to get into a healthy routine at first and did take a lot of discipline to make it work, but, over time, it's increased my quality of life.
I cut out an hour and a half of commuting per day (plus the related work expenses), and I’ve been able to use that time for exercise or general household maintenance. I also get more "work" done due to the lack of distractions.
It’s been great for me but I guess it’s not for everyone.

Inmem58
08-20-2012, 09:45 PM
9/80 here

Mon-thurs 7-4:30 (9hrs) Fri 7-330 (8hrs)


Following week it goes


Mon-Thurs 7-430 (9hrs) Fri Off




........every other Friday off is the shit.

pr_capone
08-20-2012, 09:50 PM
I work 4x10 and I love it. I will avoid working 5x8 again if I possibly can.

KChiefer
08-20-2012, 09:53 PM
I like splitting the day so I'm through the majority of it before you take lunch, but being through 90% of it is extreme.

Inmem58
08-20-2012, 09:54 PM
I work 4x10 and I love it. I will avoid working 5x8 again if I possibly can.

This is the goal.

milkman
08-20-2012, 10:04 PM
I work 4 days a week, but my days off are Wed, Sat and Sun.

I absolutely love the break in the middle of the week.

RINGLEADER
08-20-2012, 10:04 PM
5x8? 4x10?

Try 7x14, minimum...

LTL
08-20-2012, 10:19 PM
Nothing beats 3 12s.

This.

I don't have a consistent schedule, but I do have some say in it and can use it to my advantage, for instance, I work tomorrow night then don't work again for a week and not taking a day of vacation time.

4 days off a week is nice though.

Unsmooth-Moment
08-20-2012, 10:26 PM
I work 4 14's and then I'm off the next 4 days

Dave Lane
08-20-2012, 10:28 PM
I work a 4x2 most weeks. Does that count?

BossChief
08-20-2012, 10:34 PM
stay busy, don't watch clock.

this

BossChief
08-20-2012, 10:35 PM
Did anybody ever get their 8x10?

Cannibal
08-20-2012, 10:37 PM
I work 4 days a week, but my days off are Wed, Sat and Sun.

I absolutely love the break in the middle of the week.

I'm jealous of your schedule!

|Zach|
08-20-2012, 10:40 PM
"Hey, you and your wife didn't build that business" :p Glad to see that you are taking advantage of our free market of capitalism. Too bad you are in the crosshairs though by you know who:rolleyes:

Some of us don't blame the big bag government for any personal failures. That is what personal responsibility is.

Dayze
08-20-2012, 10:48 PM
I'm salary..so it don't matter

Inspector
08-21-2012, 08:29 AM
7 x 24

Usually in the office 5 days a week for about 9 - 11 hours each day but I manage a large crew of people and have staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Always. So I never have time off, even if I take a vacation day or if its a holiday - still on duty - and on the phone or computer from home when not in the office. Yeah, I don't get a lot of sleep.

The good side is I'm compensated very well and it looks like I'm going to finally retire at the end of this year. Woo - hoo, a day off....and more.

Red Beans
08-21-2012, 08:32 AM
I hate taking a lunch. A ton of people I knew at my old corporate job would always go out and take like a 1.5 hour lunch (thus extending their work day by 30 minutes by taking a longer lunch). I never got it, as I didn't even want to come back to work once I left. I'd prefer to sit at my computer, eat lunch, read the Planet for 15 minutes, then get back to work and finish my shit for the day and get out of there ASAP.

I usually run on my lunch break and then eat at my desk. I hate going out for lunch from a financial and perspective, as well as the time issue.

Radar Chief
08-21-2012, 08:33 AM
7 x 24

Usually in the office 5 days a week for about 9 - 11 hours each day but I manage a large crew of people and have staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Always. So I never have time off, even if I take a vacation day or if its a holiday - still on duty - and on the phone or computer from home when not in the office. Yeah, I don't get a lot of sleep.

The good side is I'm compensated very well and it looks like I'm going to finally retire at the end of this year. Woo - hoo, a day off....and more.

:thumb: :wayne:

Red Beans
08-21-2012, 08:34 AM
We're expecting our first child in late September, and once he's here I'm moving to 4 tens, Tuesday through Friday so that the wife and I can coordinate a schedule where we only have to pay for childcare one day a week. I'm looking forward to begin a part time stay at home dad.

Spongeblack Bobtard
08-21-2012, 08:35 AM
I wish we could work 4x10. The managers got together and asked the GM if we could switch and he said, "if I have to be here five days a week, so do you."

Who the fuck said he has to be there 5 days a week. What a douchebag.

Predarat
08-21-2012, 08:43 AM
If I worked 4 10s, I would probably take lunch 5 1/2 to 6 hours in. For my 8 I do 4 1/2 to 5 in. That seems to make the day go faster, esepecially if I do not take my first break until about 3 hours in.

Hoover
08-21-2012, 08:48 AM
Being self employed is awesome. If I don't feel like going in to the office I just don't go.

loochy
08-21-2012, 09:12 AM
If I worked 4 10s, I would probably take lunch 5 1/2 to 6 hours in. For my 8 I do 4 1/2 to 5 in. That seems to make the day go faster, esepecially if I do not take my first break until about 3 hours in.

I take late lunches too. I get going in the mornings and I don't notice the time passing by. However, if it happens to be boring that day I end up taking an early lunch. :(