Working opposite schedules – You and your SO

posted 1 year ago in Relationships
Post # 2
6580 posts
Bee Keeper

We have sort of opposite schedules. No days off together. 

I work m-f regular office hours

He works Saturday – Thursday (only off friday) until 8pm. 

So he gets home around 830, and I’m usually in bed by 1030-11. So we get a few hours together in the evening. I end up taking random fridays off so we can have a day off together. We text a lot throughout the day, and sometimes go for lunch if he has a meeting close by. Id love to have weekends off together! 

If I were you, I would just make sure to get your “chores” done during the week. He cleans in the morning, you go grocery shopping after work, etc. Then you can spend your weekends totally relaxed and chilled, or doing whatever fun activity you want. I also end up going out with my friends a lot during the week which is nice. So grab dinner or happy hour with some people you havent seen in a while. 

Post # 3
724 posts
Busy bee

I know how you feel. My husband and I had this schedule for a few years actually but on top of it he travels regularly Mon-Thurs for consulting. I guess I consider myself pretty independent in that I am happy with alone time, doing my own thing sometimes. But of course I miss him! I always cannot wait for when he gets home from traveling or when he isn’t traveling and we can see eachother again. It’s hard when the only time you actually talk face to face is the weekend. I sympathize with you. I am now on a day schedule but he still travels some weeks! I guess we are just super used to it now! It’s weird to say but it’s just our normal. We don’t have kids yet but I assume this will be way harder when they come into the picture, not sure how we’ll deal with that quite yet. lol I’d just encourage you to find your own hobbies, interests! Take up a workout routine, get in some girlfriend time, spend time with your parents/family. Thats honestly what I do! 

Post # 4
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

My sister and her husband had this type of schedule for years. They made sure the weekends were focused on them and their kids. and during the week, her husband made sure to get up in the am with everyone.

It’s only been a week. You’ll figure it out! Hang in there.

Post # 5
573 posts
Busy bee

We worked opposite schedules for a while. There was a bit of time there where I worked mornings and he worked afternoons to late at night. Now we go into work around the same time but his hours are so long, and he only gets one day off, that it’s like we barely see each other. (And we are very big babies about it.)

Post # 7
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

ohdarling :  My Darling Husband does long stretches of night shift.  He leaves at 7pm and gets home around 5am.  I leave 7.30am and get home between 5:00pm – late depending on what I have on.  

When he’s doing night shift, We coordinate for him to make a big breakfast one or two days in the week and I’ll wake up extra early, and we’ll eat together and have a mini catchup.  If I have late work nights then he’ll just make me a coffee and I’ll wake up only slightly earlier than normal.  Other than that, it’s weekends.

We don’t text or talk during either of our workdays.  

Not seeing each other during the week doesn’t bug me nearly as much as the distruption to our routine, cooking dinner, making the bed etc.  

Darling Husband is working towards getting a job that is three weeks on, one week off, so if he gets that I won’t see him for 3 weeks at a time.  I think that will be a lot harder.  

Post # 8
640 posts
Busy bee

We’ve been on opposite schedules that are pretty much the same as your situation. I would go to bed early whenever I got the chance and he’d gently wake me up when he got home and I’d have enough energy to hang out with him while he had his post-work-wind-down and then go back to bed to get a full 7-8 hours rest. But I’m the type of person that has no problem waking up and going back to sleep in the middle of the night.

Post # 9
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I work m-f 8am-5pm. FH works M-Th 4:30pm-3:30am. We spend every weekend together and we also spend every morning 4:30am-6:00am together. It suuuuuuuucks, but it is what it is. It’s been this way our whole relationship. 

Post # 10
209 posts
Helper bee

I travel for work M-Th and he works in a lab where it’s common to stay until 10-11pm every night, including weekends, and I’m often at events on weekend nights, so I feel like I never see him unless we both make a heroic effort to sacrifice something else.

It does get hard when we spend most weeks only seeing each other briefly in the mornings on days when I’m not traveling, but I try to tell myself that this is just a phase; eventually I won’t be traveling so much anymore and eventually he will also be able to work more flexibly.

The truth is that we’re both in that time of life where prioritizing our careers is the most important. We’ve both acknowledged that we won’t be doing this forever, and also that if it becomes a problem, we’ll shift our priorities.

I definitely miss him more than he misses me, mostly because he’s much more independent, and also because he is truly passionate about his field and I’m just working where I am for the exit opportunities. When I really miss him, he’ll come home early, but most of the time it’s enough just to know that he’ll drop his work and be there if I ask for it.

Post # 11
209 posts
Helper bee

els2016 :  It sounds like we’re in similar situations! There’s no way we could continue our current schedule with kids, and if you’d told me five years ago that this would be our routine, I would never have agreed to marry him! But like you said, you get used to it and the reunions after getting back from travel are really nice. 🙂

Post # 12
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My husband and I work opposite shifts.  He works 4-12:30am and I rotate between 8-4:30pm or 10:30-7pm during the week and one Saturday (9-6)every 5 to 6 weeks.  We were very long distance for two years so it doesn’t really bother us and he prefers working nights.   We just make sure that the time that we do have together counts.  He also tries to call me every night at 8. I honestly don’t mind it though.  I’ve gotten back to the gym pretty regularly and I usually will treat myself to dinner out one night after work or go out to happy hour with friends.   I also read a lot and I like having that time to myself. I know that my husband likes having the time in the late morning/afternoon to watch his shows uninterrupted and to work on house projects. It will get easier for you once you’re in a routine and have been doing it for a while.  

Post # 13
4663 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

This is a really interesting thread.  I’m about to start a placement in a new career path and the work hours will mean I will always have to work Sundays and often Saturdays and evenings.  We won’t know until I start but Fiance is really aprehensive as he works M-F 9-5.

Post # 14
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018 - City, State

I live in another country so we have a 13 hr difference where I am in the future lol!!!

Definitely a challenge but we communicate well and typically have a small chat at my time 7.30am on weekdays and can schedule something better on weekends 

Post # 15
884 posts
Busy bee

FI’s schedule rotates. For two weeks he works 8am-4pm, and for two weeks he’s 4pm-12am.  He works 5 days on, 2 days off, 4 days on, 2 days off, and then the cycle continues. So his days off change each week too. It took me a long time to learn his schedule, haha

I always work a Monday-Friday schedule, roughly 8-5pm.  We text a lot during the day and I actually feel like we don’t sweat the small stuff as much as other couples do. I have a feeling it’s because we both make an effort to make the most of our time together.

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