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Old 12-23-2019, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Working Mid Shift

It's been almost 15 years since I've worked mids.

I picked up a 2nd 40hr job running equipment for the DOT at the airport.

With the drive, it's 2200-0830.

The idea was that would leave the day open for my first job (self employed).

Well... it's sort of working out. I had planned on being able to work till maybe 3-4PM and then sleep, but more mornings I've dead to the world and end up sleeping.
Have been sleeping for 2-3hrs, then going to work till 6-7PM, then ~2-3hrs of sleep till work again.

Thought it was working out, but the last couple days I've made a few stupid mistakes on paperwork and what not and that normally is a good sign that I'm not sleeping enough.

BTW, it's not bad of a job. Have seat time on a 988 loader, G990 grader, big ass Oshgosh snow blower and plow, etc.

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Old 12-23-2019, 08:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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22:00-0830 would be 10p - 8:30 am right... how is that mid shift? That is overnight/graveyard.


I have worked a 2:30p-12a shift before, IMO it was the most fucked time to work. Got home wide awake, by the time I got to bed and up it was time for work.


that shift you have is not bad for a one shift, not as a second. (er first...)
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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22:00-0830 would be 10p - 8:30 am right... how is that mid shift? That is overnight/graveyard.


I have worked a 2:30p-12a shift before, IMO it was the most fucked time to work. Got home wide awake, by the time I got to bed and up it was time for work.


that shift you have is not bad for a one shift, not as a second. (er first...)
That's with the drive, so 23-0730 round numbers I guess.

Still night shift. I had a second shift job that was like 1500-0100. It was great IMO but not the same as a full night shift. What's the question? In my observation/experience, non-consecutive sleep will only get you by for a few days. 8hrs combined isnt the same as 8 hours in 2 4 hour increments. My advice for anyone is to set an alarm for 6-7hrs from when you get in bed and do not get out until it goes off. When you wake up, eat breakfast food. When its your last meal of the 'day', eat dinner food. Doesn't matter what time it is.
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Old 12-23-2019, 09:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Used to work 16:00 to 24:00 loved it go home sleep 6 hours get up and have all day to do other things than sit around waiting for bed time like when you work day shift
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I went from 6 am to 6 pm shift to 6pm to 6 am shift. For the most part, I liked it better. You only really get a few hours either way. So I'd rather have it at ~3pm to 5 pm than 7pm to 9 pm. You can go to the dmv, run errands, ect.

Right now we're 6 am to 5:30 pm, plus 90 min drive each way, I hate it.
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I work 2200-600. Go home, feed the dogs and go to sleep until 1300 or 1400. My wife gets up between 0700-0900 depending on her schedule and I don’t even hear her. I’ve never been a morning person so it works for us really well. I could never work 1400-2000. That seems like a waste of a day to me.
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I work 2200-600. Go home, feed the dogs and go to sleep until 1300 or 1400. My wife gets up between 0700-0900 depending on her schedule and I donít even hear her. Iíve never been a morning person so it works for us really well. I could never work 1400-2000. That seems like a waste of a day to me.
Really? That was my favorite shift when I was doing shift work (2-10pm). Easy OT as well. I'm not a morning person either so that shift was great, come home, have a few beers and relax until 2am, sleep in a bit, do whatever I had to do and go to work. It also paid more and was not graveyards.

OP that shift sounds like it sucks, and pictures of the airport snow removal equipment. Wish I kept the pictures I got from an airport ground equipment show I went to in Munich this year, tons of badass blowers and sweepers. Didnt copy them off my work phone before I quit
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Really? That was my favorite shift when I was doing shift work (2-10pm). Easy OT as well. I'm not a morning person either so that shift was great, come home, have a few beers and relax until 2am, sleep in a bit, do whatever I had to do and go to work. It also paid more and was not graveyards.
I started out in this career field doing 0000-0800 and I hated leaving work at that time because I got caught in the morning rush hour and the 15 minute drive could take 45-60 minutes no matter which way I went. I now work a mile from home as the crow flies and couldnít be happier. The only downside is that I may have to leave a little early from a family event or party. Not the biggest deal.
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I worked 3-11, and wasnít a fan. I saved a lot of money on that shift though. Got off and home by 12:00ish. Ate dinner, watched some TV, be asleep around 4:00. Slept till noon, got up, ate and it was 1:30 or 2:00 and time to go to work.

I never got anything done.



I had a neighbor who could get off, go straight to bed and be up by 8:30 or so and would go golf or do productive stuff everyday before work, but that didnít work for me.
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10PM -7:30 AM? That's pretty much graveyard shift. Whats the Daylight situation there now? You're going to have to adjust one way or the other. The only advice I have is get a loud as hell alarm for when you have to wake up. Your threads always make me think of this:

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Old 12-24-2019, 06:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Yeah it's mid shift, aka 1st shift.

Day shift (2nd shift) is 0700-1530 and swing shift (3rd shift) is 1500-2330
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Old 12-24-2019, 06:29 AM   #12 (permalink)
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You got to be careful with that, sounds like you are going to overdo and and could fall asleep while driving kinda thing.
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Old 12-24-2019, 06:48 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I worked mids for 2.5 years. I slept approximately 2-3 hours a day. It fucking sucked.
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Old 12-24-2019, 06:49 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Your work calls it wrong, that's 2nd or swing

I used to work swing, start at 1pm or 2pm depending on the season/ weather/ demand, and get off when the work was done, sometimes 10 or 11 on a Friday, but usually midnight-2am.

I showered and crashed when I walked in, slept till 8, maybe 9, and had 4 or 5 hours with the kids and projects. They weren't in school yet, it was great.

Never had traffic

"Your neighbors probably think you're a drunk"

One neighbor was surprised I had a job, they thought I just fixed cars all morning


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I think that since you run your business, I would force myself to sleep after the job, not go check on this one little thing, pull up, eat a big dinner, take a shower and crash out. When you wake up, you can put out fires, knowing you have to leave for work at a certain time.

It might take a few days, weeks, but you need to be consistent

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