Time Management (and the expectation of content)
It’s already a bit hard to imagine I’ve already been in Japan for a solid three weeks and my real job is going to start within the next two. Since I’ve been back, there’s been a lot to do: get the apartment set up for all of my needs, meeting future coworkers/other JETs on the island and seeing as many old friends as I can before the real employment begins. To say the least, I’m glad I got to do a lot of the previous, but every action takes away time that could be utilized somewhere else, for better or for worse. For example, writing a personal blog.
Recently, there was a discussion on an “Incoming JETs” group regarding people who were constantly posting on Facebook, Twitter or any social media, saying they were the types of people who were not going out and “experiencing” Japan. The ones that usually have that time are also the ones that have the potential of turning into the complainers, but I think that’s a road that can easily be avoided. However, they are the ones that are producing content (of course, relevance and quality are subjective).
This was one of the hardest balancing acts my first time in Japan, as well. Because I was only in the country for so long, my host family and other friends constantly had my schedule packed: I was going somewhere or doing something every weekend. Which is great on my end, but sometimes finding time to actually sit down and write down those experiences is a scheduling conflict itself. I certainly don’t have an answer on how to effectively balance both “go out and experience” and “write about those experiences,” but I do applaud those who are successfully able to accomplish the task.
My scheduled visits to my appropriate schools starts tomorrow and, while there is a bit of preparation to do with my coworkers before the term begins, there will also be quite a bit of downtime, with the students being on summer break and all. This is time where I can utilize as “real writing time,” but of course that’s when I’m not talking with the other teachers, the principle or walking around the school aimlessly. This blog has had a sort of haphazard way of scheduling, so the plan is now to have something come out every Monday (Tuesday for me). In fact, I already have something in the works that I just need to make some final touches on.
It’s one of the more boring and tedious aspects of writing, but it’s a “house cleaning” matter at that. There is more to come.