Ramadan is over. Eid is over. And now we are back to our normal life and daily long working hours.
I know that it wasn’t easy for people who had to fast in Ramadan, and that the shorter working hours is all about making it easy for them, but I have also witnessed the impact of the change or routine on the lives of people and how much it affected the social life at large.
For me, I loved it. Not just for the shorter working hours where I did have more time to relax, socialize and practice my hobbies, but also for the break off the routine that we follow along the other months of the year.
At times I wished that we have more than one Ramadan in the same year. Like one every 6 months. Don’t freak out guys, the second month I am wishing for would be without fasting. It would be just another month where people can break off their routine, have less work, and enjoy life.
I really wonder how much productivity would be decreased/increased with a 20-30% cut of working hours in another month like what we had in Ramadan if people are not fasting. I am sure that the impact on social life would be a significant one where it would add to people’s happiness and give them a push to be more effective in the other months of the year.
We can build on the proposed month of shorter working hours by making it more festive. Attracting more tourist and plan more celebrations. We can encourage the entertainment section to grow by having people with more time to themselves. The TV series would have another month to compete every 6 months rather than having to wait an entire year for that. We can encourage dieting and gym rather than fasting in this 2nd month. People can set goals and work on them with the extra hours they have on hand. People would find more time to communicate and socialize with each other just like in Ramadan.
I think that this idea is worth studying. Wish I am in a position where I can initiate such study and its affect on the economy and social life of this country. I am sure it does have more positivity than negativity.