The good thing about these last two weeks, of which tomorrow is the last day, is that I have been working a day shift. 8:30 am to 5:30 pm which means that I am free after 5:30 to have coffee and a snack at leisure and then relax till my dinner time, which is around 9 pm, and then watch tv from 9:30 pm or 10 pm. The downside is that I ofcourse have to wake up at 7am and since I am not used to waking up that early for a very long time. It is murder on me but I do like logging out of work early in the evening.
That waking up though – if I get a good night’s sleep, then it isn’t a big problem. However I rarely do get that full night’s sleep. I tend to wake up at the slightest noise. So I need more time to shake off the cobwebs and a strong cup or coffee (or two) before I can start work. But with the work starting at 8:30 am, and since it’s a training I am conducting training for a set of 20 people who are sitting in Chennai, I do not have much time for anything. I brush my teeth and wash my face before getting coffee and then coming back to my bedroom and switching my laptop on. By 8 am I am ready for a shower and the quickly make my breakfast – sandwiches with mayo or peanut butter – before switching on my work laptop.
Yes, all that in 30 minutes. By 8:45 pm all the trainees would be logged into their systems and my Webex bridge and we start for the day. I get time to eat my breakfast as I have to make them do an activity first for 30 minutes, which gives me time to quickly check my work emails as I eat my breakfast. By 9:15 am I start the training and then give them a break at 10:30 am so they can have coffee and a snack. 20 minutes later we are back at it till 1pm when I give them a 40 minute break for lunch. At 5:15 pm, I have them fill out the day’s survey and then let them go to get their cabs that will take them home. And I am free!