I woke up on Monday to beautiful email from a student thanking my colleague and I for teaching them on the weekend. Here’s a snippet of what he wrote “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the 4 days of teachings. Despite having a long busy week, you both still manage to come down during the 2 weekends and teach. I know its part of your jobs but I still want to say Thank You.” So I did a little happy dance (still fatigued from the weekend to do a big happy dance).
“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the 4 days of teachings. Despite having a long busy week, you both still manage to come down during the 2 weekends and teach. I know its part of your jobs but I still want to say Thank You.”
So why then do I accept the weekend teaching assignments given that my weekday schedule is always packed? How do I find the time to fit everything in? It’s simple. just one simple step – I stick to a routine. I have the same standard breakfast, my meals are almost the same with a standard menu lasting a fortnight, my exercise is slotted neatly into my daily calendar, I have a standard work wardrobe, workout gear and “going out” clothes. Yes, might seem dull to some, but it sure takes away the time wasted on thinking “what to buy” when I am at the supermarket or “what to cook when I am at home” or “what to wear”? I know my supermarket aisles so well that I can be in and out in 10 minutes as the fruits and daily needs are the same.
There is one thing I always say, “I wasn’t put on earth to fret over the small things.”
By having and sticking to a routine, you free yourself of worry and anxiety. Some predictability is good for you. By having the predictable routine on the weekdays, I increased my free timeslots on both the weekends and weekdays to indulge in watching movies, visiting family, playing cards or my all-time favourite, drinks with friends. That’s why when I have to work on weekends, there is no sense of “missing out on life”.