Last night on the way home after going to the gym, a thought suddenly popped out in my mind..it was already about 10PM, a bit late but I still have many things to do. I’ve not had my dinner yet, have to do my laundry, have to open Facebook, harvest and plant in my Farm Town and check e-mail and do some more work at home..geez, if I had to do all of those, I will end up staying awake maybe until 2 or 3 am which is definitely not good for my health. And so i thought…what if our day has more than 24 hours? Wow, we can do so much more..we will be more productive…i suppose.
So just for the sake of discussion, what will be the benefits if one full day has more than 24 hours? Say 30 or 36 hours in one day or getting extra 12 hours in one day?
1.) We’ll have more time to work..this means less backlog since we have more time to complete our tasks. We can serve more clients so it also means incremental business for companies. If this is the case, maybe a normal working hour would be 12 hours per day instead of 8 hours only. Many of us work 12 hours per day anyway due to overtime works, etc. So should not be a major problem.
2.) More time to do recreational or relaxing activities. – After work since we have some more time to spare, we can accommodate some more activities like extending gym time, more hours to sleep, going to the mall, eating, watching movies, etc.
3.) More Family time- Since we are too tied up with work or other activities especially with the very short day, we tend to have less time to talk or do activities together with our family or loved ones. Having extended hours in a day, we can have more bonding moments with our family and loved ones.
4.) Since we have more time to do other stuff during weekdays, we will have no excuse not to go to Sunday Mass or do our Spiritual obligations. I hear a lot of people say they cannot go to church on Sunday because it’s their only rest day and its the only time they can sleep longer, spend time with the spouse or kids, etc.
It seems life will be a little closer to being perfect with the above scenarios being achieved right? But come to think of it, if indeed our day is more than 24 hours, there might be a possibility of the following:
1.) If working time is not only 8 hours a day but longer, then there will definitely be more time for meetings, more time to serve customers which equates to more back office works, and more time to pressure and be pressured by the daunting tasks ahead.
2.) Since there is more time to spend in a day, people may just ignore the importance of time because they have many time to spare anyway in doing other things. This would mean the world may go on a slower pace than normal and many relax time..
3.) Longer time would mean longer hours spent in the office (for those working) and more time in school (for those who are still studying). Because of these, kids will still be busy, Dads will still have less time at home and Mom’s will be more bored at home and the waiting time for the Mom to wait for the Husband and the kids to come home will be longer. With this, interaction with Family and Loved Ones will still be similar to the current rate that we have.
4.) Since people will be busy with Jobs, extended recreational activities and the like, People will again have the unacceptable reason not to go to Church or serve spiritual responsibilities.
5.) Since the day is longer, our body may be affected by long hours of working and aging process may come sooner than we can expect since the days are longer. Normal 24 hours per day is actually 8, 760 hours in 1 year. If it will be 36 hours per day, in a year’s time it is already 13, 140 hours which is way way higher than the normal so if hours accumulate, an average 25 yrs old person can have a biological age of 28.
So after carefully evaluating, extending hours in a day is not the solution to our time problem. The solution is time management. If we are able to manage our time well, then we can do all we need to do in a day’s time. If our time is really hectic and not enough to cover all our activities, the key is to spend our time wisely and spend it well. Spending time well means giving quality time to our loved ones, following our obligations well and improving our work so we don’t need to spend longer time doing it.
Truly God puts equilibrium in everything he created. As for me, I now see the 24 Hours of my day must be spent wisely so that the thought of extending hours in a day to 36 hours will not enter into my mind again.