This term has been killer for me. I say “term” as a reflection of my added teaching load I’ve had since September. I’ve been musing recently that I think I finally hit my stretch/break point. Balancing all of my separate obligations is finally starting to test my ability to keep all the balls in the air. In sum, these are the priorities I can think of off the top of my head:
- Full time job at the college
- Part time job at the bar
- Part time job teaching
- Treasurer of the ethics board I sit on
- Maintaining this blog
- Daily art project
- Monthly mutual-improvement group meetings
- Maintaining a long distance relationship
- 2016 reading challenge (42 book finished as of last night)
These are just the things I’m managing to keep in the air. Of course, to make space for these things, I’ve had to slack on some other priorities, namely:
- Sleep (I’m averaging about 5.5 hours per night)
- Nutrition (scaled back for budget reasons)
- Gym (I’ve had a hard time justifying going for myself when I should be working)
- Video game time (yes, this is a weird one, but I want more guilt-free downtime)
- Other social time with friends (I rarely see friends outside of work or meetings)
These aren’t meant to be humble-brags. I’m not one that thinks of “busy” as a badge of honour. I know that busy people are notoriously unreliable in my circles. There is a saying that if you want something done, give it to a busy person. This is perhaps true in some cases, but in my experience the vast number of busy people tend to be chronically flakey on showing up and late on deadlines for deliverables.
Thankfully, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. As of writing, I will be delivering my last lecture this week, and by December 21st I will be done with all course work grading. Shortly after that, I’ll be on holidays from the College until the new year. I’ll still have shifts at the bar, but those are select evenings.
Other aspects will change as well. Podcasting will go on a holiday hiatus; the daily art project ends at the end of December; and the long distance relationship will move back to a local distance relationship. I will finally have some breathing room. I plan to use that time to reflect on my obligations and regroup. My birthday is coming up, and I always take that time to reflect on the past year as well as my current state of affairs with an eye towards my future. This will be a well-deserved holiday break, when I finally get some breathing room.