I’ve been thinking a lot about work/life balance lately and also wondering what it actually means and whether it even exists.
Today I went out to the Southbank with Jonathan and Wilf. We visited the Hayward Gallery to see an exhibition and to take a walk by the river.
Travelling into the Southbank on the tube, I realised it was the first time we had gone out together as a family in more than a year, and probably more like two. It was a small thing, to go out for the afternoon, but felt very special.
I feel like my life is divided into pre-PhD and post-PhD, and I didn’t even do the Ph.D.!
Something else I’ve been thinking about lately is workaholism and technology addiction. Completing a Ph.D. involved a lot of focus and long hours of work for Jonathan. It shaped our family routine and was part of our lives for so long that it became normal.
Work/life boundaries can become blurred when you really enjoy your work.
Ingrained habits are hard to shift.