Yesterday, my three children broke up for the summer.  This will have a significant, negative impact on the amount of work I get done, of course, but that was always part of the deal.  My summer action plan contains lots of little bits of work that can be broken off part way through, like transcriptions, short pieces of writing and the revision of a chapter, rather than a single major piece of work.  I couldn’t possibly manage to write a chapter during the summer –  I would find it very frustrating to try to do so with so many distractions around.  But that is the deal with my PhD – it was always intended to fit around family life.