My work inbox is overflowing. I haven’t had time to sort through my emails even once in the 6 weeks I have been working. I react to those that are urgent, delete those that obviously have no archive value, and the rest just piles up.

It struck me recently that working part-time is really a magic trick, sleight of hand, misdirection. One works fewer hours but doesn’t do any less work. Instead the full amount of work gets squeezed into fewer hours. No wonder the firm is so happy to oblige those who want to work part time!

But I wouldn’t want to have any of the alternatives (no work or full time work) either.