Updated: May 20, 2018
A few days ago, I was guaranteed to be left stranded at the side of the road if I didn't put some gas into my car. I prefer to do a once-a-week fill up, but occasionally I have to stop at the gas station two times in a week to get fuel, solely because by the time I reach the end of my bi-weekly pay period, I've got less than twenty bucks to my broke-as-hell name. I get paid every other Friday, and by the time the Thursday before payday comes c-r-a-w-l-i-n-g to the present, I'm turning my purse upside down on a quest for spare change, because my bank account is starving. Two maxed-out credit cards don't buy much either, but when payday is a mere 24 hours away, I'm stuck standing next to my car at the gas station for two days in a row. And I don't like that, especially on a rainy day.
Seriously folks, can we please put an end to the bi-weekly pay period? In an age where we have cars that talk, phones that fart, and touch-screen computers, can we please have our hard-earned cash more than twice a month? The every-two-weeks pay period needs to be discarded along with everything else we use that is outdated, like the five-day work week for example, which I'll get to in a moment.
I'll just go ahead and say it for you all: getting paid only twice a month stinks, especially when you're about as talented at budgeting as a teenager with her daddy's credit card. Think about this: out of 365 days in a year, only 24-26 of those are pay days, depending on where the weeks fall.
Looks like a lot less when seen from that perspective, doesn't it? I'm just appalled that in a world that moves as fast as ours does, many of us still have a pay schedule that ceased to be functional when internet use became mainstream.
If only I was talking about coffee, but it isn't that simple.
At this rate, this is where most of my cash will be hoarded in the future, in a baby food jar:
Now I come to part two of my work woe rant: the five-day work week. Yes, I know it's traditional and everything. Yes, I know it's the way things have always been done...mostly. I can understand why it existed hundreds of years ago, because manual labor was a way of life, and we didn't have factories full of machines to eliminate the long periods of time spent doing tasks that are NEVER done by hand anymore. I can even understand the five-day work week existing in the last decade before the big, bad internet. But now? With all the time-saving devices, electronics, and gadgets we have literally at our fingertips, we ought to be working less. Instead, we are working more, and I'm not just referring to working more than five days a week; our shifts are getting longer too.
With longer work weeks and shifts lasting nine hours or more, the work-life balance has shifted in the wrong direction-------right off the cliff. Take into account the travel time, the time it takes to get ready for the work day, and it's no wonder that most full-timers and overtimers are always saying that they have no time for a life. How can you have time for a life when you have to go to bed less than four hours after returning home from a backbreaking work day?
Working more than 45 hours a week also has some serious health implications that most people don't even realize, which they should. Here are just a few:
-Obesity, because fitting in an hour at the gym is tough when it's you who has to go home and cook dinner. Sometimes, it's easier just to eat out, and we all know that the portions and the calorie count per meal in a restaurant is outrageous.
-Health problems related to obesity, because a healthy body is the foundation for good health. But how can you be healthy when you have so little time?
-Depression, because the thought of starting the new work week after only two days to recuperate from a hellish week at the job is enough to make you drink. Depression also leads to health issues.
-Fatigue, both mental and physical: I do not think that the two-day weekend is sufficient time to physically recover from a week full of overtime. Physically, your body spends Saturday and Sunday trying to catch up on the sleep it missed during the week. Mentally, your brain is in desperate need of some "you time," but how are you supposed to accomplish that when you're busy all weekend playing catch-up on the things you didn't have time to do during the week, such as grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, and that pile of dishes in the sink?
What do you like to do when you have spare time? Being a polymath, I have more hobbies than teeth, but that is who I am. Who are you? Please tell me in the comments below, and don't forget to subscribe to my site. Remember to take good care of yourselves, and if you know someone who could benefit from the info in this article, please share it with them. Thank you.