Changing my Schedule

Today is the last day of the semester and while a big part of me will miss lecturing for a bit, my body is extremely happy. Last year during a doctor’s visit, I was reminded of the importance of sleep and how it can negatively affect my memory and my hormones as well as many other areas of my body. Over the past couple months I’ve noticed some changes in my body that I’m not quite happy with and I know it’s due to a lack of sleep. As a result, I’ve been slowly making changes to my schedule over the past 2-3 months to see what works best for me. I’ve planned out a new routine that I hope will work for me that would allow me at least one additional hour sleep per night. It’s my goal to sleep for 7-8 hours per night to give my body what it needs. While I can function on less sleep with a bit of caffeine lol, that little voice in my head is urging me to give rest greater priority. This would result in me arriving to work around 9AM. For most employees in my department this time is quite normal. I must say that I appreciate my manager, he is very understanding with respect to the time staff arrives at the office, especially those coming from far east or south Trinidad. With lecturing ending at 9PM on weeknights, it was sometimes a struggle to get my day started around 4AM or 5AM, so this new wake up time is one I can keep even on weekends. With teaching resuming on 25th May, I have time to catch up on sleep and prepare for classes for the third semester.

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Dealing with the Unexpected

Yesterday, I did something I’m not quite proud of…I cancelled a class because I wasn’t prepared. My mom fell ill in May of this year and has been slowly recovering. However, last week, things started to go a bit downhill for her. My work schedule was therefore disrupted and as a result my lecturing duties suffered. Yesterday an exam was scheduled for my Java class and I planned to use classmarker.com to host the exam as I’ve done that in the past and I’m quite please with the way things are done. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to upload all the questions by 5:00PM nor did I have a teaching plan prepared for that class, so I cancelled it. I think the students were quite happy about that though. My work at the National Insurance Board has also suffered, as well as my blog posting. As Jamais Cascio said, “Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.”

Interview Issues

Today I scheduled an online interview for 4AM (Trinidad & Tobago time). The interview was first rescheduled by me due to an unbelievable headache from my new specs and last week it was again postponed as the company was moving to a new office and encountered some issues with the Internet. Today I’m not sure what happened but I’ll make contact with the company later today to find out what took place. These things happen and when they do I immediately try to see the positive. Firstly, it allowed me to leave home at 5AM today to get my morning workout at the gym before heading to the office, otherwise I would have probably left home at 5:15AM/5:30AM. Secondly, it gives me more time to prepare. I must admit that my schedule has been pretty crazy for the past couple of weeks with everything that’s going on and I welcome any additional time for reviewing Objective-C & Swift Concepts. While I’ll be busy this weekend with the Dragon Boat Regatta here in Trinidad, competing with my team “The Vikings” on Saturday and Sunday, I’ll focus on interview preparation from next week Monday.