Why I Believe The 9 to 5 Concept Is Insane, Unhealthy

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In this article, I’ll share my reasons for why I believe the 9 to 5 concept is insane and how I quit my career. Offering tips on how you can quit the workforce too, if that’s your goal.

Because, on the 14th March 2017 I decided to quit what would have been a very good job in the finance sector.

And it was the best decision I could have ever made! For both my mental health and my wealth (hence the name of this blog, Well and Wealthy!)

Let’s dive in!

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Why I quit my career (part 1) and why I believe the 9 to 5 concept is insane

So why do I believe the 9 to 5 concept is insane?

I should probably begin by explaining the 2 main reasons why I quit my career.

  1. I believe the 9 to 5 concept is insane. (I will tell you more about this in a moment).
  2. The 9 to 5 was making me sick.

Okay, the controversial ‘9 to 5 concept is insane’ statement. I know we have always been told that you’ve got to work your whole life.

The pinnacle of that life, we are told is having a full-time career with progression, and then being allowed to “retire” and start enjoying life once you are in our 60s or 70s.

How is that supposed to make sense?!

I think for a lot of people careers in the traditional sense are just not the right idea.

In fact, I think for the majority of people the idea of spending all that time in a place that you dislike with people you don’t love is just a bit crazy.

Let’s examine exactly how much of your time is dedicated to the workplace, I reckon it might surprise you.

You have around 112 waking hours per week, that’s assuming you sleep for around 8 hours per night.

An average full-time position will require you to work 8 hours per day 5 days per week.

You are also expected to be at work around 15 minutes early and leave about 15 minutes late. (to get yourself set up for the day and to tidy up at the end). That brings your working day up to 9 hours best case scenario.

I just want to point out that most people also have some overtime to do, paid or unpaid. So it’s actually quite rare to only be expected at work for 9 hours per day.

Now you have 67 hours left per week, that went down quickly but its still a decent amount of time.

Realistically we haven’t included commuting time and most people I know tend to travel for an hour each way. (mainly due to rush hour traffic rather than distance). So that’s 10 hours per week just on communing, now we have 57 free hours per week.

Still sounds like quite a lot.

I bet you’re thinking that there is loads of cool stuff I could do in that time. But let’s take out general living, you know showering, day-to-day eating, laundry, cleaning, you get the picture.

This is time that is going to be used up regardless of whether you are at work or at play. So its important we take it out of the equation.

A few guestimations here as I have no idea how long you all take to shower but let’s say an hour and a half to get ready in the morning (gotta look smart for work).

One hour to cook and eat dinner. Then another hour each day to do general chores (this is an average as you may do all your chores in one day).

That totals 24.5 hours so now we have 32.5 hours per week free.

Still sounds like a lot of time! Let’s compare: 32.5 hours per week to do your fun stuff and 79.5 hours per week spent funding that. And don’t forget your 79.5 hours per week will go up if you do overtime or work longer shifts like in the medical profession.

So if you’re quick with math you would already know that you spend over double the amount of time doing work and related necessaries compared with LIVING YOUR LIFE.


But wait there’s more! The majority of your healthiest and active years are used up on those 79.5 hours per week.

You gotta keep doing that for 40 to 50 years, by which point you are no longer as able to do all those fun things as you use to be!!!

(There are a lot of people now going for early retirement. If you want to know more about this, I mean who doesn’t, then have a look at my post about financial independence and early retirement).

Why I quit my career and why I believe the 9 to 5 concept is insane

Now I can almost hear some of you screaming through the computer, but I love my work. It’s my passion. I would still do it even if I wasn’t paid. I hear ya and I salute you.

Your friends are living the dream. If you are doing something with the majority of your time that you love and you are getting paid to do it then as far as I am concerned you are winning at life.

Sadly though literally millions of people out there don’t enjoy their jobs. In fact, many hate their jobs and they are just doing it for the money.

Now reassess those hours again. This time thinking what if you disliked your job (some of you won’t have to pretend, I feel for you guys).

79.5 hours per week spent at best in mind-numbing boredom, at worst hating every second of it. Just waiting for those 32.5 when you can be free for a bit.

That’s no way to live your life.

I don’t know about you guys but when I thought that all through it really screwed me up. There was no way I wanted to be stuck somewhere I didn’t like with people I didn’t love for the majority of my best years.

Especially as I was one of those people who could never really pinpoint what they wanted to do for the majority of my time for next 40 to 50 years. (personally, I think it’s a bit crazy expecting people to know that at 18 or even 25).

I was therefore stuck doing work that I really had no passion for.

My work wasn’t horrible, I just felt like I was wasting valuable hours of my life doing something that I didn’t care enough about and being around people who realistically didn’t care about me.

When you start really thinking about it forcing yourself into a career you don’t love is insane. I mean, if you spent an equal amount of time playing football when you didn’t like football and didn’t like your teammates, how silly would that be?

It would be a waste of time and your life.

Why I quit my career and why I believe the 9 to 5 concept is insane

Something I also just want to touch on is how inefficient workplaces can be.

  • Have you ever had to look busy but you actually have nothing to do?
  • Or felt really rough but still had to go in, knowing your work would be subpar?

I believe the 9 to 5 concept is insane and that’s why I quit my career because of things like that.

Traditional 9 to 5 workplaces expect everyone to work hard, but the problem is that working hard isn’t always the most productive. You need to work smart instead. I will be writing a post on this soon so watch this space.

If you want to read more on the inefficiency of long working hours I found this post on Feakonomics really interesting.

What other option is there?

But what can you do instead you ask, not everyone can just floof (technical term floofing) about on their laptop.

Well, I’m glad you asked because there is actually a lot you can do.

How To Quit Your Career

Step One: Do you have an emergency fund, if not you need one!!! Have a look at this to learn the importance of an emergency fund, how it saved my life and how to create your own, coming soon.

Step Two: Get your finances in order, budgeting, saving, paying off debt, get a plan in place for all that

Step Three: Side hustle baby: You’ve got to up your income if you ever want to leave that time consuming and inefficient 9 to 5 your currently working.

There are tons of possible side hustles, but the best ones are passive income based, which means the money you can earn is limitless.

My ticket out of the rat race was by starting this blog. I now earn more each month from my blog than I did working a 9-5.

Plus, blogging saved my mental health!

I’m biased and think you should start a blog too.

If you’re still not convinced that blogging is for you then have a read of my post on why I started blogging and 10 reasons you should too.

Why I Believe The 9 to 5 Concept Is Insane – Conclusion

Once you have done those three steps it’s a case of working smart (not necessary hard though remember) and patience.

I believe you can do it, but if you have any questions of concerns feel free to leave a comment below.


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  1. Sammy, it totally crosses my mind the amount of HOURS I have to commit for my job. But when you laid the math there all out on the table… yeah, reality struck! We DO commit so much time to our 9-5s, especially when you consider the lunch breaks and transport hours.

    I dream of becoming my own boss one day and kicking my 9-5 in the butt! haha. It’s a lot of work to get there, but it will all be worth it in the end.

    1. Crazy isn’t it, how much time we spend at our 9 to 5s!

      Plus I’m totally on the same page as you are in regards to kicking the 9 to 5 in the but and becoming my own boss haha. But I do agree with your sentiment, it’s a lot fo hard work to get there, but the possibilities once you are there are basically infinite so it truly is worth it!

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