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Wed 1 August , 07

Time = Money

Filed under: Personal — SFG @ 17:32

I was just complaining to someone over IM that I couldn’t concentrate enough to make a blog post. Let me explain …

At the start of the year four of us worked in this department.
Now we are one man permanently down (this place essentially fired him and has no plan to replace him), but before he went another of our number arranged to have five weeks off so that he could attend a wedding in Canada as well as just take a holiday. All was cool. Then, as mentioned above, we lost one of our number.

Not wanting to cancel his Canadian holiday (nor should he), it was decided that me and the other guy should try our best to cope. So for the past two and-a-half weeks it’s been down to just two of us to do the work of four.
I’m currently approaching the end of my second set of 12 days straight.

It breaks down like this : 12 on 2 off, 12 on 2 off, 12 on 2 off.
But it’s not that simple, as half way through the 12 we also change shift (not to mention do a 17hr day). The first 5 days are day shift. Day 6 is the double-shift; day shift immediately followed by night shift. The following 6 days are night shift.

The only thing keeping me going is the thought of the overtime in next month’s pay, though I’ll be in no fit state to make use of it.
Below is a clickable thumbnail of my overtime sheet for this month. June Overtime

August’s sheet is set to be just as full.

I have a very understanding wife, even though she is currently on her summer holiday (she’s a teacher), and I have some very kind friends who keep me company on IM during the evenings.
So to all those people I say a very big thank you. (8+)



  1. All i can say is i know how you feel, in my job at the minute and for the past 3 months i have been working 40-60 hour weeks but the money keeps me going but my health is just at rock bottom. So much so that my company makes us have health checks every year and at last week’s i was told to take a month of for stress :)

    Comment by gareth — Thu 2 August , 07 @ 09:05

  2. Gareth, it’s just no fun is it.
    All that money but you just want to spend any free time you get off work in bed.

    Comment by SFG — Thu 2 August , 07 @ 14:11

  3. Hmmm…I think you need to watch out – no point burning yourself out matey! As me granny always said, “there’s no pockets in shrouds”….she also said “you’re a long time looking at the lid”…and in her later years…”where am I?”…but you get my drift!

    No amount of money can buy time…and if you’re missing out on lovely summer days with the missus, well I hope they reward you handsomely!

    Just make sure you take a bit of time for you – stress and overwork can be a killer.


    Comment by Gazza — Wed 22 August , 07 @ 12:48

  4. Hey Gazza, don’t worry mate, I have the whole of next week (26th of August-1st of Sept.) off. I’ll not know what to do with myself. *smile*

    Comment by SFG — Thu 23 August , 07 @ 06:37

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