I’m working two jobs this summer. I’m teaching at ATDP twice a week, and I’m working a normal 40-hour week job at Hitachi. The teaching job also includes lesson-planning and grading, so the work extends far beyond twice a week.
In addition to this, I’m trying to complete a film that I’ve been working on for the past year or so. My friend Richard and I are rather close to finishing, and I’d like to complete it within the time period that I’m also doing ATDP. In fact, last Sunday, we finished filming, and then I did more classwork.
I also have my comic, but that isn’t looking too hot. I wanted to do it twice a week (while I normally do it three times a week) but I failed miserably. Now, I want to do it once a week, but I’m not even sure I can do that. I’m already exhausted from today, and I just can’t bring myself to work on the comic. This means I’ll have to write a comic for Friday, but Thursday is when I work from 8:30AM to about 9:30PM, so I don’t have much time. I guess maybe I can work it into lunch break.
Along with that, I’m still trying to make time for my friends and to blog. I’ve spent some time with my friends, while I’ve spent less time blogging these last few days.
A few days ago, I bought myself a new toy. It’s a one-handed chording keyboard. So, I’m also teaching myself to type. And I’ve been learning a new programming language — Ruby. I’m nearly through a 12 chapter tutorial on Rails too.
The other day, I wanted to check my e-mail and facebook, but I really needed to get things done. Household chores, work, comic. I didn’t have time to let the internet rule my life. So, I didn’t let it. That experience was very liberating. Not only that, but it forces me to focus. I have to really think about what’s important in my life, and let the rest go — well, sometimes I let it go. Sometimes I just drop the ball with stuff I’m supposed to do.
It’s still frustrating, though, and I’m having trouble staying centered. Because I’m doing so much, my energy is depleted and my self-control can get depleted, and I let my emotions control me. Meditation helps me regain control. I went through a phase where I was meditating every morning, but I stopped because I started work. That was such a terrible idea. I’m getting back to it now (not necessarily in the morning) so I can be less frustrated and more solution-oriented.