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Forum topic by Lumpyx posted 03-12-2013 01:14 PM 1117 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2013 01:14 PM

I have recently accepted a job offer at a plastic injection molding company. The hours are 6pm to 6am. 4 days on- 3 days off- 3 days on- 4 days off, etc. I have a daughter and in a month will be a father to another child so times pretty tight as is. I dont kniw when Im gonna fit woodworking into my schedule. Anybody ever worked third shift? If so how did you balance your schedule, and do you have any tips/ advice for me? Thanks.

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 03:15 AM

Rough schedule and add to that two little ones. Man you need a drink! I worked this shift in Iraq for a few weeks but we had no days off. Hardest part was getting used to the sudden change, took about the time I was assigned to get used to it then I got changed back. Good luck and congrats on the new one still brewing.

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#2 posted 03-13-2013 11:53 AM

I worked third shift or “grave shift” for 7-1/2 years. It is truly different from person to person. I had no problems adjusting to the hours. Many people really struggle with it. As with most things, you have to make up your mind that it’s the way it’s going to be. Make sure you don’t cheat your sleep. Same amount required. Many people with kids did what you appear to be doing. One parent works nights and the other works days to cut down on child care. Once again, you simply need to make up your mind that this is how it needs to be.

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#3 posted 03-13-2013 01:25 PM

As to adjusting to the 3rd shift routine…
Think about your work day as it is today.
1. You get up, shit, shower, shave, then eat and go to work.
2. You come home from work and STAY UP for 6 or 7 hours, watching tv, play with the kids, work in our shop, whatever.
3. THEN you go to bed which is usually about 8 or 9 hours befor the next days 1st shift starts..
4. Rinse and repeat, over and over….
When you go to 3rd shift, a lot of “first timers” will go to work that first night, come home in the morning and immediately fall asleep for 6 or 7 hours, Then they get up and by the time they go to work they’ve been up for another 6 or 7 hours. Then the morning comes, they go home and they’re wiped out so they immediately go to bed.
And so on and so on. THIS is a HARD cycle to break!
The trick is – on your first day coming home from 3rd shift work, STAY UP! Chase the wife around the kitchen, play with the kids, go out to your shop and work…. JUST THE SAME as you do on the day shift when you get home now. THEN, go to bed about 8 hours before your next 3rd shift job starts.
In other words, keep your “regular 24-hourly routine” the same… do the same things in the same order.
If you come home the morning of your first 3rd shift and go immediatley to bed, you are DOOMED to keep repeating that and you will very quickly HATE 3rd shift work, because your body cant adjust to the massive change in a 24 hour cycle. Just think of it as your day starts at 10pm instead of 6am, and treat the rest of the clock’s routine as you would “normally”

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 02:04 AM

Joe in 10asee has the right idea, but I would wait a while until you get used to the schedule before you go into the shop and use the power equipment. This might save you a finger or two and a trip to the ER.

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#5 posted 03-15-2013 01:54 AM

Thanks for the input. As much as I didn’t want to work third shift I dont mind only working three or four night in one week so hopefully I can get into the swing of a decent sleep pattern and since I’ll be making double what I am now I can afford some new (and much needed) QUALITY tools.

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#6 posted 03-15-2013 04:38 AM

I work 7p to 7a,varied shifts…I can not stay up the next day after work,even if I’m not back,although I do try to sleep a few hr’s…You will find what works for you and adjust when needed…Congrats on your new job and one on the way…

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#7 posted 03-15-2013 04:43 AM

Start now on your new schedule and hopefully it’ll be a piece of cake when
your new job starts.

Congrats on your new addition.

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