Whilst I finished work before Christmas, my maternity leave officially started on Saturday. So this week has been quite strange for me with everyone going back to work. Unlike when I take a period of annual leave and work is boxed away but always ‘lurking’ there waiting to be remembered, I don’t have that this time; I handed everything over and I have nothing to distract my brain. I’ll be honest, I’m finding it quite odd!
That said, as is typical, I have spent most of this week trying to keep a cold at bay. So it’s almost the end of the week and I haven’t even started on some of the things I have pencilled in as pre-baby tasks to keep me occupied. It’s very tempting to just pass the day away sitting in front of the telly watching films. But I know from the few times I have had to be off work on sick leave that by the end of the day my mind is incapable of switching off if I do that.
So after 4 days, I have established that I need to set myself lots of small tasks and spread them out through the day. For those who ever saw it, it reminds me of the Hugh Grant character in the 2002 film ‘About a Boy‘ who doesn’t have a job and plans his day by breaking it in to ‘units’ of 30 mins. That is effectively what I am doing, with routine snacks thrown in to keep my stamina up.
Of course I am well aware that in 2 months, this amount of free time will feel like a luxury. Life is always just full of extremes isn’t it!