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It’s official, we’re working harder and longer than ever before. New research this month shows that nearly half of us regularly work four or more hours of overtime a week, with nearly a third putting in seven or more extra hours. For more than half of those who worked overtime, the extra hours were unpaid. A fifth of respondents took less than 30 minutes for lunch and 12 per cent did not have a lunch break at all.

So with even less me time than ever before, we’ve scoured the country for the modern-day superheroes bringing you all of life’s modern day essentials at your desk, just make sure to get some fresh air once in a while!

This month’s contraception
With both working weeks and doctors’ waiting lists getting longer, trying to secure a doctor’s appointment just to get a repeat prescription for contraception can seem like an impossible task. Research from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor showed that one in 3 often find it hard to get time to see the doctor/nurse to get a repeat prescription of their pill, and 15 per cent were so busy they missed two or more contraceptive pills. Luckily the clever people at LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor allow women to order a repeat pill prescription online and collect it the same day from a choice of nearly 1,600 LloydsPharmacy stores or have it delivered to their home or office via Royal Mail special delivery.   

Tonight’s Outfit
Got a last-minute party to attend and absolutely nothing to wear? It may sound too good to be true, but Coast stores have created a delivery system that lets you buy an item and have it delivered in just 90 minutes!

Today’s lunch
Graze boxEver worked through lunch and filled up on calorie laden biscuits to get you through a hard afternoon slog? Then Graze boxes could just become your new work best friend. Pick your snacks, arrange your delivery date, and hey presto, deskside lunch without stepping outside your office. Get stuck in at

This week’s backache buster
Been pulling a few all-nighters hunched over your desk to finish that big presentation? Dr Brian Hammond, Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of BackCare, the national back pain charity, said; “The vast majority of people experience back pain in the lower back, and those in the 18-24 year old bracket are more than twice as likely to experience pain in the middle of the back, and more than three times more likely to have pain around the upper back and back of the neck.” Simplyhealth have created a free app full of helpful tips for desk side exercises to combat the ever-growing issue of iPosture, check it out at

Friday afternoon’s well-earned beers
Gasping for a TGIF drink but just can’t quite tear yourself away from that desk? DeskBeers have created a super slick service perfect for al desko drinking. Specially selected craft beers from micro-breweries are delivered straight to your office in time for Friday afternoon happy hour.

HappyAlarmClockAnd finally – clocking off time!     When the working week has finally reached an end, or even if you manage to magically whip up a free hour out of thin air, the first thing you need to do is relax and unwind. The new Wahanda app offers you the opportunity to instantly book yourself in for a therapeutical massage or manicure at a time and place that suits you. Their online appointment booking system is brilliant for making last-minute bookings – recent research by the company revealed that an increasing amount of bookings are being made for treatments within three hours of the appointment. Many of the salons and spas also run offers on last-minute appointments.  So whether a massage, facial or pedi is needed at the end of the day, you can search for venues near your home/ office and in just a few taps of the mouse make a booking any time of the day or night, check out the reviews for each location, and get directions. The app can be downloaded free at

Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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