My six days in California were amazing. Sure, I was working most of it, but I made some time for site-seeing also. Trying to make the most of my time there, however, meant getting very little down time and sleep. For seven days (the six days of my trip and one day prior when I was preparing to depart), my schedule was packed, and it was nothing but go go go.
On Sunday I worked for most of the day, spent the remainder of it packing and hitting all of the cliché San Francisco tourist spots, and then hopped on the red-eye at 10:30 PM. Needless to say, I passed out immediately, and before I knew it the five and a half hour flight was ending. I foolishly thought, as we got off the plane, that those five hours would be enough to sustain me for the rest of the day. I planned on catching up on sleep over the Thanksgiving break, because I did not have time to do so right away with school work, work work, and a tone of laundry to catch up on. But then, I got back to my apartment and saw my bed. It looked so inviting and my feet hurt so badly from being on them for seven days straight. I thought, “Well, I do have forty-five minutes to spare…” So at 8 AM I crawled into bed without unpacking a single thing and still in my clothes from the night before. And at 2:45 PM I woke, having slept a whole six hours longer than I intended. I had slept through two alarms, the time I allotted myself to do laundry, four hours of work I had committed myself to, and about an hour or so of time to catch up on school work.
I have never overslept before. I make sure to set two alarms just to ensure that I will not. What I took away from my California trip, however, is that I rush too much. I often go from one thing to the next without being present and without taking anything in. I can be too focused on getting things done that I sometimes disregard what’s best for myself and my health. So while I was disappointed that I didn’t get everything done that I wanted to yesterday, I ultimately shrugged it off, rescheduled my tasks, and thought, “Wow, I really needed that sleep.”
The take away this week is that being busy is okay. Working hard is okay. Being dedicated is okay. But one’s health and well-being should always be a priority. You cannot do the work you need to do to the best of your ability if you are sleep deprived, worn out, or in the wrong state-of-mind. This week spend your two minutes of procrastination doing something relaxing, and remember to always put your health before getting things done.