Make time for the fun things
It’s the end of term (yay!) and so I’ve had a few days of letting myself off my routine, and generally picking up hobbies again. Thanks to reddit, I am now slightly obsessed with embroidery, and I want to do some more crochet.
I found it almost so weird to give myself free time that I didn’t know what to do first; do I crochet? Do I play an instrument? Do I design something to needle felt? These are all my most common crafts, and because I couldn’t pick one, I went for something completely different – building a ship in a bottle. Why, exactly? I don’t know either. But it was really fun!
Anyway, I’ll get to the point now. Work, vs having a life. In my last post I talked about the importance of a schedule. Well, now I’m going to talk about the importance of completely ignoring that schedule. Uhhhh, contradiction alert??
Yes, have a break (have a KitKat) – forget the timetable, go outside, meet up with people (within Covid regulations of course), get up late, break your own rules, take time to enjoy hobbies! Doing just a few of these things for a couple of days can totally detox and refresh the old, rubbery brain. And after a long term made weird and stressful by the pandemic, you totally deserve to turn your own world upside down (in a positive way) for a bit.
You (reading this) were not born yesterday, and you totally know all of this already, but in case you are too close up to whatever work it is you are doing right now and can no longer see the bigger picture, this is a reminder to take a breather and step back.
Having said all that, I can’t seem to take my own advice – I couldn’t switch off entirely for the past few days, but I managed it enough that I feel sufficiently relaxed and ready to go into revision mode for exams after Easter.
I seem to have been talking about time a lot – time for work, and time for non-work. Perhaps you’re like, ‘uhm, is work all that engineering students do?’ – the answer is no (thankfully). If you are a prospective engineering student and you are wondering about the work load; it’s all up to the individual, to judge their own ability and decide what grade they want out of the degree, and then put in the corresponding amount necessary. And it’s to do with interest, of course. The more interesting the content, the less effort it takes to learn it properly. Some people take a bit of a gamble and don’t learn thoroughly, and others don’t do that. It’s all do to with judgement!
But for now, shut the laptop, go do something fun. Also, if anyone else makes a ship in a bottle, let me know!