Today I have some reflections on being back on a 40 hour a week works schedule. After 3 weeks, I have come to the conclusion that I prefer my yoga teaching schedule, 10 hours a week plus the preparation time.
After I left my full time job with the city of Bellingham, I was curious as to what a typical day would now include for me. It took me awhile to figure out what to do with all the extra time. I din’t have any trouble filling the time, but I had may days where I felt like I should have been ‘doing’ something else. What that else was, I didn’t know.
Then I started teaching yoga, just a a few classes to begin with. I would spend time preparing the class sequence, reading articles to enhance my teaching and taking a workshop once in a while. All things to help keep me learning and to improve my teaching skills.
I had a good rhythm going, some study, some teaching, some relax time, time for crafts and creativity and time to spend with my hubby and friends. Remember back in February I talked about that great article I found about how to prioritize your time and quit procrastinating? It was some of that self doubt, am I doing it right? Am I living my life right? That article encouraged me to look at what I was doing in a new way and to realize that yes, I am doing it right. Right for me. I am being productive with my career. I have enough classes to teach and I know how to turn down work so I don’t become overloaded and burned out. There are many more opportunities for me to teach here than I imagined. This self reflection helped me to identify what I want to do, how much I want to teach and how I want to spend my time.
Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you. Carl Sandburg
Here I am now, back on a schedule of 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, reporting to work. It’s an easy job, welcoming visitors to the park and giving directions, selling permits. Even though the commute is 30 minutes each way, (16 miles at 35 mph), I don’t mind it. The views are spectacular and the only traffic jams are buffalo, deer, big horn sheep and wild turkeys in the road.