With Labour Day/May Day coming up on the 1st of May, we should perhaps note that the current working hours we have today (which we complain so much about: Look! The French only work 6 hours and the Spanish have afternoon siestas!) is a result of much fighting, protests, negotiations, demonstrations, and revolution.
If it makes you any happier on your work day so far, people used to work 10 to 16 hours a day for 6 days a week before the industrial revolution.
In particular, in one of the movements in the demand for an eight-hour day, the slogan was “Eight hours labour, Eight hours recreation, Eight hours rest“.
Eight hours labour. Yep.
Eight hours x 3 = 24 hours. Yep, that’s a day.
Wait. Eight hours recreation?
Lemme check again:
8 hours work. Yep.
8 hours sleep. Yep. Most of the time less even.
8 hours play?!?!
Where did my eight hours of play go?!
According to calculations, I should be playing as much as I’m working! But how?! Where?!
In order to investigate, I’ve decided to do a breakdown of a typical weekday of mine:
12 am. On the internet. Or just crashed into bed.
1 am. Possibly just crashed into bed.
2 am. Sleep.
3 am. Sleep.
4 am. Sleep.
5 am. Sleep.
6 am. Sleep. Alarm screams at 6:30.
7 am. Up. Brush. Dress. Breakfast.
8 am. Should be on bus already. Or else I’ll be late.
9 am. Work
10 am. Work
11 am. Work
12 am. Work
1 pm. Lunch.
2 pm. Work
3 pm. Work
4 pm. Work
5 pm. Work
6 pm. Leave office.
7 pm. On bus home.
8 pm. Eating dinner. Stare at TV. Pet cat.
9 pm. Shower. Tidy room. Pet cat. Stare at TV.
10 pm. Turn on computer with the intention of doing errand-like stuff.
11pm. Still on computer doing I-don’t-know-what.
12 am. Another day begins.
Seriously. Eight hours recreation? Where?!
We need another revolution….