I work the overnight shift, so I’m usually getting home around 9 AM most days. I must say, I like it. First, I can get so much more done now that there’s no one else in the office to distract me. Then, I have all day to conduct any personal business that I need (going to the bank, getting the car worked on…the kind of stuff that’s tough to get done when you’re a 9-to-5er. And there are no lines!) I’ve always been more of a night person anyway.
Our offices are downtown, so there’s never a shortage of “colorful personalities” downstairs this time of night/morning. And there’s nothing quite like a heaping plate of nachos from my favorite greasy spoon at 4 AM. Good times all around.
It may have taken a toll on my relationship, however. My (now ex-) girlfriend is a 9-to-5er. She slept while I was working, I slept while she was working, and we had all evening to spend together if we so chose (we’re both off on weekends/holidays). It worked out nicely for a while, but eventually she got tired of sleeping alone all week and I couldn’t immediately change my schedule. She couldn’t wait, and so we started drifting apart. There were some hard feelings for a while, but we’re actually pretty good friends now.
Overall, the only regret I have about the overnight shift is the relationship thing. It might be tough for someone with a family/children, too.