Life is so much happier when we spend 8 hours a day at work. The days that I leave school at 3:30 feel so much more complete. I have time for a nap, yoga, writing, walking the dog, and spending time with my husband– all in one evening!
However, 3:30 days are rare. And, I know I’m not alone. Eight hour days were uncommon at my old job. Friends all complain of being overworked. Companies blame the recession. A recent media debate exploded around whether people have to be parents to justify leaving work at 6:00.
I know that I’m lucky. If I plan my time right, I can leave at 3:30 some days. As a teacher, I also get breaks. But, I sacrifice pay for these luxuries.
In honor of May Day, I proclaim my support of a societal shift back to the 8-hour workday! Call me a Marxist, but we could all use a little more life in our life!