Learning to stop

Currently sat here working as hubby is away for the night. I can’t seem to stop working, even having dinner I was replying to emails (even though I know they won’t be read until Monday).

Finding it very hard to switch off at the moment, as I feel I need to get lots of work under my belt before the baby arrives. This is particularly relevant to my PhD;no doubt I will be awake at 6am tomorrow which has become the norm at weekends to allow me to work on my PhD before hubby gets up.

I am finding it difficult to slow down in general, I am exhausted at the moment, struggling at work (music workshops this week were very difficult due to restricted breathing as baby moves upwards), and when I do work from home I feel incredibly guilty if I have a much needed mid afternoon nap.

I need to get used to the fact that once baby is here gone are the days of working from home focussed on work all day, and instead I will need to break down my work into small, manageable chunks, delegating business administration where possible. Perhaps I need to start practising on this now.

I am definitely taking a month off work (completely out of contact), with my lovely PA, Kate, managing the business. From there on we will see how things go, I think it may be a case of working at all times of the day, fitting around baby. I still have images of being up in the middle of the night with baby in my arms and journal article on my knee, I suppose this could happen, but whether I take in said article is another matter!

Has anyone worked on their PhD or run their business with a young baby? I would love to hear your experiences.

Hope you all have a great weekend, it’s set to be a scorcher, paddling pool at the ready for my cankles!

Rosie x

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