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The weekend has set

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Well it has set for most of us. Those with the pretty standard work week. For instance I know a team where there weekend begins on Sunday afternoon. At one time in my life I had a Wednesday to Saturday night schedule. With Sunday, Monday and Tuesday off. That was strange and I never got used to it. Worked that shift for almost 4 years and I’m glad I’m off it.

On the other hand it was one of the most exciting 4 years of my career. The first transition was from a weekly chain of newspapers to a daily one. I had been working with deadlines for 23 years by that time. And even though they were weekly publications some hit on different days. But not every day. And that is something entirely different. Every day. No weekend breaks. No Holiday breaks.

And truthfully its a minute by minute operation now days. But that daily mindset creates a lot more pressure. There is no break. There is no peace of mind. Its like I went to work in an emergency room. On call, different locations, any one of the 24 hours of the day, any day of the year. And that is further complicated by the staffing shortages on weekends and evenings.

You get used to it after a while. It actually becomes routine. You look at work email every day. You have to because coming back to hundreds of unread messages just takes up too much time and you need to come in ready to hit the ground running. If you don’t know what happened over the last 2-3 days your way out of the loop.

There have been levels of significant changes going from a print to adding digital operations on top of just my migration from weekly to daily product. All have been exciting and I’ve rolled with the changes. But sleep has suffered. I’m wondering if I’ll ever go back to a normal schedule of rest. I hope so but its a long way off.

Random Thoughts of the Day

I don’t care what Monday has in store for me. I’m ready for the opportunity.

I’m sure there will be people thrilled to hear “truth isn’t truth.” But personally I’m very disappointed.

I don’t feel refreshed or recharged. Good thing its a short work week for me.

I saw a headline that “the Catholic sex scandal leaves the Pennsylvania church grappling with sense of betrayal. ” I think its far more reaching than the state of Pennsylvania.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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