Here’s how to have a life when you’re always working nights in hospitality
Hospitality employees often have tough schedules. You may have variable shifts that can start in the day or night. Or, you might work nights exclusively, which gives you some consistency but can still complicate your social life if your friends work daytime hours. Whether you’re heading to work in the evening on a temporary basis or accepting a permanent night position, you’ll need to work a little harder to keep in touch with friends and family. Here are some tips for an easier transition.
Spend time with friends before work
Late afternoons and early evenings are good times to get together with friends. People are used to socializing after their workday, so meeting at these times shouldn’t be a problem for your friends. And since you’re socializing before your shift starts, you may actually feel more awake and energetic than your friends who are nearing the end of their day. Of course, you’ll need to avoid heavy drinking before you go to work, and you may want to set a timer to remind yourself to leave early enough. But you can still have a rewarding social life in the few hours between waking up and arriving at work.
Plan phone calls during your commute
If you carpool or take public transportation to work, you can probably fit in a few quick phone calls to friends and family members during your commute. Even though you don’t want to conduct a deeply personal conversation on the subway, you can still use this time to check in with people you’re close to and remind them that you’re thinking about them.
Shift your schedule on days off
A drastic switch to a daytime schedule on your days off usually isn’t practical, especially if you just have one or two days off at a time. Large changes to your schedule would disrupt your sleep. But you can shift your schedule ahead a few hours on free days to maximize the time you have available for chores and meeting friends. If you normally get up at three in the afternoon, get up at noon or one on your days off and use the extra few hours for activities and errands that you can’t get done later in the day.
Make appointments online when everyone else is asleep
When you get home in the morning, it may be too early to make phone calls. Use this time to schedule appointments like dental visits and haircuts online. If your friends aren’t up yet, email them to make plans. Then, while you’re sleeping, other people can respond to you. This way, you don’t use up valuable time in the afternoon handling phone calls and scheduling, and you don’t have to interrupt your sleep for calls, either.
People who work nights can still have a life and enjoy themselves; it just takes some extra planning to coordinate with friends who have different schedules. And you may find that as you get to know your coworkers, socializing becomes easier because you now have new friends who work nights too.