In March last year, many office workers eagerly anticipated a new way of working. Often thought of as the only positive from the pandemic, working from home meant no commute and we optimistically shared our excitement for how we might spend the extra hours usually wasted on a train. Some people planned to take up new hobbies or learn a language. Others wanted to make up for years of early alarms and lack of sleep.

Over a year later, many workers have found themselves simply working longer hours instead. As living rooms, bedrooms and even beds became offices, the boundaries between life and work became harder to distinguish. And with no social plans, it became increasingly difficult to justify not finishing off a bit of work in the evenings or over the weekend.