Do you have a 9-to-5 workday?  This is very common, but is changing due to the digital era.

Niall Harbison of Simply Zesty states that social media (increased networks) and smartphones are a part of the reasons why our regular working hours are changing. According to him, social media allows us to have increased networks. This means it’s easier to connect with more people all over the world, at the same time. These people include colleagues or other people you indirectly work with. You communicate through social media and thus get more work out of normal working hours.
You can do almost as much with a smartphone as with a personal computer.  This enables us to work from anywhere in the world and doesn’t limit our work hours to the standard 9-5.
So, is this change a good thing? Can we live without that kind of structure in our lives? I believe we can.

Some people like having steady business hours. It’s a routine for most of us right now. You may not start your day at 9 AM, but you will make those eight-hour days. People generally like stability because it helps us plan our lives, from getting the groceries to booking a flight to the Bahamas.
But by setting our own hours, we gain more control.

Some companies that don’t track the working hours of their employees. However, they do track productivity. But how does this approach affect the other aspects in our lives?
It seems like we’re getting ourselves into a vicious cycle:

– If people set their own work schedules, then the overall movement would be that people would work at times traditionally reserved for non-work pursuits, like evenings and weekends, in order to keep up with customer needs
– Our children’s school hours may change (because the educational system needs to adapt itself)
– Our spending habits will change (we could spend money any time of the day; mornings, evenings etc.)
Companies have to change their availability, possibly opening earlier and closing later

And this may ultimately lead to our whole society having their working days adjusted.
There’s another factor worth mentioning; we are more mobile now than we have ever been before. For instance, you could run your Sydney-based office via your smartphone while you’re on vacation in Ottawa, Ontario.
Setting limits on working hours and sticking to them from the start will prevent you from working at all hours. If you make sure your clients know when you are available, there shouldn’t be any misunderstandings. This seems very feasible to me. A plus: no more traffic jams!

But all of this will only work if there is an obvious productivity increase. So, until this life-changing social movement establishes itself, I’ll be working an eight-hour day.