I won’t tell you how late it is as I write this. But let us just say that, when I finish this post and head off to bed, it will be well after midnight. And I don’t mean 12.15 am. It is now Saturday, and so in the morning I’ll get up much later than usual, perhaps around 8 am. On a normal weekday it would be closer to 6.30 am. I am, in short, someone who doesn’t need that much sleep. This being so, I find it convenient and efficient to return to my office and do some more work most nights between 11 pm or so and the early morning.
However, according to reports and articles that kind friends sometimes feel obliged to give me, this isn’t healthy. And now I’ve also been shown an article that says that working too many hours ‘markedly increases heart disease’. So it’s not looking good for me.
Actually, I have never felt that my own rather crazy working habits should be the norm, and I believe that it is important for all employers to encourage their employees to pursue a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Equally, however, we should find ways of being more flexible as regards working hours, so that we are not all regimented into the nine-to-five working day. Just as we need to think again about what should constitute the workplace, so also we should be more imaginative about working time.
In the meantime, if you want to email me and get a response at 1 am, feel free to do so. But don’t feel that you must.