Sunday, 20 May 2012
Sunday Salon: Balance
I've started my astrophysics module for the Open University and I'm now in my second week of trying to balance teaching with study with hobbies with family with having fun. It was challenging in the first week, but I think I'm starting to grips with it all now.
The key is being more organised with my time at work. Teaching is one of those jobs that could fill up every second of your life if you let it as there is always something more you could do. I'm using my time more smartly at work which has freed up more of my evenings and weekends. It also feels good to not always be focused on teaching, to have other interests too.
Having said that, studying again has been a bit of a shock! I've done no study since finishing my postgrad teaching course three years ago and no science since finishing my psychology degree four years ago. I had not studied physics for 10 years before starting. I've discovered that my brain is pretty rusty to say the least and I'm having to take it slow, working at my own speed. I'm following the content matter of the course but it's taking substantial effort. My brain is starting to adjust to study again so I'm sure it will gradually start to feel like less of a marathon as time goes by.
I am enjoying it though. There's so much I didn't know about the universe before starting and so many amazing pieces of knowledge I have found out. It's changing the way I look at the world around me and the way I think of myself. I'm already starting to wonder which module I should take once I finish this one.
Is anyone else balancing study and work? If so, any tips for me?