Take Yourself to Summer School
was speaking to a friend who was complaining about how busy and tired she was
this summer. In addition to working full time on the evening shift she has been shuttling kids to
activities and summer camp. She has a seriously
packed schedule which starts early in the morning and goes all day..
can’t wait for the kids to go back to school,” she bemoaned. "The kids are out of school, but it's like I am in summer school."
schedule is such that sometimes it’s not worth her while to go all the home
between “pick ups” and “drop offs.”
had a long commute years ago where I worked 140 miles from home and only made
it home on weekends, I developed ways of occupying myself during the drive. I listened
to books on tape, MBA audio lectures and even studied lines for whatever community
theater play I happened to be in at the time.
bigger point is that down times, long commutes, or those annoying wait times can
be turned into opportunities for acquiring new knowledge and skills.
you have been placed on the night shift and have downtimes when you twiddle your thumbs, that’s a great
opportunity to study for an online degree or learn some new skill in another
laboratory department. If you work on weekends and have odd weekdays off, those
are the best days to pamper yourself, have alone time and run errands when most
of the world is at work.
to my friend shuttling the kids. She found a park close to the center where her
daughter does dance; so she often takes the opportunity to walk and get some exercise in. For some reason
she never learned to ride a bike really well, and has now made friends with a
lady who is teaching her to ride a bike, while her new friend’s teenage son is
teaching her to skateboard (!) in exchange for English lessons. It’s like she
is now in her own Summer school-and enjoying every minute of it. How cool is
are pretty simple examples. But you can always use inconvenient times to your
benefit. Just look around and see how you can fill those moments not simply
with with busy-work, but with something worthwhile; something that will add
value to your own life.
it and see the difference it makes.