mandy12052: (white)
The immense toll that work takes on me is catching up again. I don't know how else to explain it.

About halfway through the fall semester, I started to get rather burnt out. Nigh overwhelming exhaustion kept creeping around the edges of my existence. I suspect a similar phenomenon is happening to me now. Of course, I'm sure the time change has something to do with it. I've felt it with more intensity than I can remember ever having happened to me. I think it's that somewhere in the past several months I started to really adjust to being diurnal, but it was apparently within the confines of the hours of the day being labeled differently. I'm so exhausted this week, and it hasn't been a particularly busy week. At least, no more demanding than has been typical the last six months. I can see why my mom always had a deep appreciation for summer break, even if her vacation was in tandem with that of her children. I will so appreciate that time when it comes (even if I do spend a significant amount of it planning and preparing for next school year).

The funny part is, I'm incredibly tired right now, yet in an effort to get myself on the path to readjustment I'm staying up a bit later. In the meantime I've begun my to-do list for the weekend. So far, it has 7 separate tasks on it of varying lengths. I feel like I spend every weekend playing catch-up so that I can avoid stress the following week. So I guess it's more a matter of playing get-ahead rather than playing catch-up. It helps a lot during the subsequent week, but I'm so sick of not having a real weekend. I keep telling myself things will be different next year, and I hope I'm right about it. I fairly certain that doing work in the summer is a necessary evil in the attempt to make that a reality. I also have to remind myself that I'll be taking fewer classes next year and that will help.

I've been saying that having a spring break in the middle of April is ridiculous. After all, there will only be five weeks of school after that. But with each passing day I realize that I will so appreciate that break despite the fact that part of me would rather just tack an extra week onto summer if the short break is so near the long one. A break is a break; I should take what I can get.

Now I just have to convince myself to allow myself so respite when it's here...

Ah sleep.

May. 22nd, 2010 02:21 pm
mandy12052: (white)
I've been oversleeping a lot lately. By that I mean getting more than 7 hours of sleep, not sleeping too late for stuff (although I did sleep too late to make it to the LOST Geeks Who Drink today, but it turns out no one I really know was gonna be there anyway). It's starting to wear on my a little. I wake up after having had 9 or 10 hours of sleep and feel super groggy, and have trouble getting motivated to do anything. This doesn't help when I've already lost what could have been the first 2 or 3 hours of my day to sleep. It makes me feel unproductive and lazy. Granted, it's not like I have a whole bunch of stuff I'm missing out on, but I don't like the way I feel after sleeping for 9 hours or more. It's certainly not good for my mood.

I think it may be time to go back to setting an alarm for 7 hours from the time I go to sleep on my nights off of work so that I'm neither oversleeping nor wasting time. I also like the idea of not having to rush to get to places that are closed by 4 or 5 (which is what I have to do now so I can make it to the bank for more monies).


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