I realise this is a ‘hot topic’ at the moment, and it is with timidity and a virtual shield that I venture into it.
As a recent graduate I have been lead to believe that if I’m to get anywhere in life, I should work all hours of the day (and night). I have banker friends who positively boast that they’re still in the office at 3 in the morning. I have no doubt that they’re extremely effective workers after only a few hours sleep, (and I’d like to know what vitamin supplements they’re taking) but I don’t think I could do it.
Mashable.com have recently published an article stating that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (who made the 2012 Time 100 list) leaves work at 5.30pm. Shock horror! Although she now does it with a ‘and what of it?’ attitude, that wasn’t always the case. For years, she was sending e-mails all through the night to prove that she was still working at home. So do I have to wait until I’m COO of Present.me (didn’t you hear, it’s going to be as big as Facebook?) before I can say with pride that I leave at a perfectly respectable time?
As it happens, I do leave between 5pm and 5.30pm, but I know many other interns who don’t. Why do I leave then? Because I feel I’m an effective worker within the hours I’m at the office- and because I’m not on a proper salary yet! It doesn’t mean I turn into a different person after I leave the office- Arabella by day, Princess Bellarina by night. I still think about work, but I need my evenings to do other things. This in turn will make me an effective worker in the day.
The other thing I have at my disposal is a Present.me account. It means that when I have a light bulb moment, or something I need to speak to someone about, I can record a quick Present.me. I then send it to whoever I want to see it, and guess what? They don’t have to stay in the office until late, waiting for the call. They can watch my Present.me in their own time. I get to say what I want to say, when I want to say it, how I want to say it. But enough of that, it’s 5.10pm so I’m signing out.
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