• Question: is it hard to balance work

    Asked by 459xygg26 to Karen, Gavin, Mark, Michel, Roisin on 10 Nov 2016. This question was also asked by 446xygg26.
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      Roisin Jones answered on 10 Nov 2016:

      I assume you’re saying is it hard to balance work and life around it? Sometimes! At the moment, I’m studying to get a PhD, and sometimes it does seem like I spend all my time in the lab. I have to remind myself to go and meet up with friends, and get some exercise and do something totally unrelated to work, because it’s easy to get bogged down. In general though, I think I have a good work/life balance: I don’t work so much that I’m sick of the place, and I spend a couple of evenings a week catching up with friends, playing sport and singing in a choir.

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      Karen answered on 10 Nov 2016:

      Yes it is difficult. I have 2 children who are 7 and 4 and because of this I work half time. That gives me a better balance but it does mean that I often trying to get a full weeks work done in half a week. As we speak my 4 yr old is trying to grab the I pad so a resounding YES really trying to balance work and life… I’m trying to tell her this is my work but she’s having none of it…best give her YouTube for a peaceful life…

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      Mark Kennedy answered on 10 Nov 2016:

      Incredibly difficult. Particularly because I spend half my time in the US, and half the time here. And my girlfriend lives in Manchester. So between Ireland, the US and the UK, I spend a lot of time traveling, and when I’m not traveling, I’m normally working.

      During my work days, I always try and see my friends at lunch, and I try not to bring my work home with me. But that doesn’t always happen – some times, work just has to be done at night, when I’m meant to be relaxing.

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      Michel Destrade answered on 10 Nov 2016:

      Yes, because I get caught up in my equations and bring them home sometimes. But I’ve got a busy family life and that keeps me sane!