Here are life lessons that I’ve learned since last, last week (as you can see, I wasn’t able to post last Monday) and last week:
Disclaimer: These are Clothing Technology/CT-related things but some are not really from the lessons in class, per se, so yeah. Life lessons and resolutions for the coming days.
Manage Your Time Well
Fix your body clock if you want to be efficient and healthy at the same time.
I learned this last Thursday when I finished our plate an hour before the end of the class so I had two more hours to rest — and so I chose to “nap”. I woke up at 2 PM, thus failed to attend our class. (As much as I wanted to go since there was still 2.5 more hours, I didn’t want our professor to think that I didn’t respect her and the class. Also, late comers aren’t allowed to go to class.) What did I learn here?
- Get enough sleep during the night. I resolved to sleep between 10 PM to 12 MN and wake up at around 4 AM to 6 AM. This is the optimal time for me to rest and get all the energy I need for the day. As much as possible, I never want to go to class again feeling sleepy and just physically present but mentally absent.
- Don’t nap in the dorm (if no one else is there to wake you up), because just like what happened to me, we can’t always trust the alarm clock…
- Don’t overwork yourself in the night and end up barely sleeping or not sleeping at all. Some may disagree with me in this, but there are just times when I choose sleep over an assignment because I value health, optimum performance, and maximum learning a lot. Of course, it also means I have to value and manage my time well so I could finish all my requirements before heading to bed. The point here is if you can finish a task earlier, don’t delay because you know that once you choose to delay, either your health or your grades will suffer. Think long term. Think of your health, and think of the end of the semester. Enough of being short-sighted and undisciplined.
Manage Your Priorities Well
Truth be told, I’ve been cramming some plates for CT14 recently, so I ended up passing mediocre works. I am probably good at managing my time (just probably… or at least I can say that I’ve improved a lot compared to last semester), but even so, I realized my priorities in the past few days have messed up.
You see, prioritizing the wrong things leads to allocating a lot of time in the wrong things as well. So yes, it’s possible that you’re good in time management but not in priority management.
This also includes task management (not all urgent matters are important and should be acted upon, and not all non-urgent matters should be put aside until the deadline is near), removing unnecessary commitments, and re-committing if needed. These are moments when I have to re-assess my core values and realign everything to my vision.
De-cluttering my schedule and putting first things first, now!
Know What Works For Yourself
To end, I’d like to encourage you to search for yourself (saying the same to myself as well hehe) — your priorities, visions, and commitments. What are your core values? What are your negotiables and non-negotiables? Just like in designing, we all have our own styles and we express our styles through different elements. Some people may choose to use regular triangular patterns to signify chaos, while the other may choose to use zigzag lines. Same goes with life, where in the end, it’s the intention that matters most.
A little side note: it is stressful to have no internet connection (DilNet has been down in the dormitories) and no money (negative negative so far huhu thankful to have friends who are willing to help for the mean time). Lol. It’s just hard to be self-sustainable and juggle everything — academics, freelance works, and priorities at home (and well… sleep hehe) — and yet still push for a God-given vision. But I choose joy! Hehe. Loooord… 🙂 This, too, shall pass.
Another side note: ninth month of working on the vision!!! Mom gave me a mini electric sewing machine last week (August 27, 2017) and it just means a lot to me. Excited to slowly push things forward and just try out different experimental upcycling projects! Hope I can just fast forward things so I can help out communities already, but heyyy, this big vision is going faster than I thought. All by His grace, all for His glory. 🙂
Let’s go for this week! Declaring excellence!