Little shifts in work life balance

Holding down a day job while trying to teach yoga, is pretty hard. It was made harder when I changed the hours in which I was working my day job. As nice as 9am-5pm was for my personal practice, it was killer on my ability to get to the studio classes I was interested in.

This week, I made the choice to switch to an earlier shift at work, 7am-3pm. This will give me ample time in the afternoons to both teach and take classes. I know that it will mean less time in the morning to get prepared for the day but with a little more forethought in the evenings, I can have all my lunch and breakfast ready to go in the morning. I used to do that when I worked 6am-2pm a few years back, this won’t be much different from that.

My only worry is that I will be too tired in the afternoon to want to do anything. Working around people all day, taking calls, writing emails, can get a little mind numbing after a while. It’s on me though, to make the most of my waking hours, that much I know. This past week, our HR team gave a presentation about this new performance assessment program they are starting and they said that it’s really on us how high we want to go in the company. I don’t want to go any higher at my day job, it’s not the place I want to call my “career”. I am there to do my job, get paid, and then spend my passion time on teaching yoga. To be honest, my HR team didn’t like hearing that, they want me to play the political games at work. That stuff just stresses me out and makes me not want to be there. I don’t need to be giving my energy to something I don’t feel passionately about simply because the company wants me to, that’s not how I roll.

So, this is where I am at, I have a day job to pay my bills but it’s not my passion. Why stay, you might ask. It’s a good paying job, the staff is great, and the actual work itself is not overly hard. It’s just time consuming and a little repetitive, hentz the mind numbing. Most of the time, I get this surge of energy when I get in my car at the end of the day. I think about all the things that I am going to do with my evening and what I am going to get accomplished. Getting off at 3pm is going to be so much better for getting those things done.

I am going to missing my morning meditation and yoga time. I suppose I can try getting up at 5am but that means I have to be in bed by 9pm. Right now, I get up at 6am and go to bed anywhere between 10-11pm. Back to what I was saying before, I think that if I get my work lunch ready the night before and have my shower in the evening, I can leave more time to practice yoga and eat breakfast. I might just take my breakfast to go and eat it at my desk. That’s what I used to do when I worked 6am-2pm.

I hope that this all works out for the best for both my day job and my yoga teaching career. I will be posting an updated available teaching hours schedule soon. I want to test out the upcoming week of changes to see what will work the best. Hopefully, I won’t be a tired zombie at the end of the week!

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