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Eight, Eight and Eight

The great fight for labour relations and working conditions in the 19th Century was for the Eight Hour Day.

Eight hours work, Eight hours sleep, Eight hours leisure. That was the target, and for most people in the industrialised west this was achieved in the 1970s and 80s. Generally.

So what has happened since, in our hyper-connected, always on world? I haven’t worked less than 9 hours for the last two years, and the commute is added to that.

So now it’s more like: Ten hours work, Two hours commute, Six hours sleep, Four hours managing banks, mortgages, taxes, insurance. Knock yourself out, the other four hours are for leisure, as long as you don’t shop, maintain the house or bathe.

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