If it’s the latter, chances are you’ll spend some of the Easter weekend catching up. But is that such a bad thing?
It depends how much you like your job. I love mine, and being freelance, those extra hours in the evenings or at weekends, in the comfort of your own home, can be some of the most productive; no phones, no deadlines, and no hassle.
In fact, anyone who is self employed or runs their own business will probably agree that working beyond the accepted 9 to 5 is the norm.
But researchers at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health don’t. They say that working long hours is unhealthy; and anything over 11 hours a day can put people at risk of developing depression.
They argue that spending more time focusing on your work means you spend less time sleeping, doing exercise and socialising with friends and family, and that no matter how much you like your job, stress is almost inevitable.
If you are stuck in a job that you really don’t enjoy, having to work longer hours probably will have a detrimental effect on your physical and mental wellbeing.
But if your work is creative, inspiring, and rewarding, what’s wrong with wanting to spend a bit longer doing it?
I can’t think of a single entrepreneur or business owner who I’ve spoken to who hasn’t said that 12 hour days are the norm, especially when starting up a new business, or launching a new product. Neither do I recall any of them saying it left them feeling deprived of a normal life. When you’re doing something productive that you enjoy, that is normal life.
So if your job has become a slog, and you’re ready for a break, then let your hair down, make the most of a luxuriously long weekend, and head back to work with your batteries recharged.
But if you’re planning to send a few emails, finish a report, or write up interview notes, in between mouthfuls of chocolate egg, it will be business as usual this Bank Holiday.