October 31, 2010
I’ve think I’ve gotten used enough to my new work schedule that I can finally sit down and write again. Okay, the pay is pretty low, but when you take into account the fact that I’m only working part-time there’s not much to complain about. At the very least the eight-hour night shift I had to endure for the last three weeks is over. Haruhi knows just how much havoc that wreaked upon my personal schedule.
I’m lucky enough that the schedule I’m on doesn’t conflict at all with my school schedule, but the damage perpetrated by the aforementioned three straight weeks of being on the night shift will be hard to make up for: those three late submissions will hurt my grades a lot, for sure. And then there’s the manuscript editing project looming over the horizon, on top of the journal that needs to be made and another short story to be written.
I’m thankful at least that I’m not in trouble just yet, but I’m going to have to work very hard from this point on to maintain my standings in class. Ah, just another challenge to look forward to, I guess.
October 25, 2010
I think it’s a particularly telling sign of how bad my situation currently is, when even my nominally daily posting schedule here in my journal is disrupted. And no question, it is really bad, though I admit to it being all my fault. The eight hour-long training shifts did factor in somewhat, but in the end it was my own lack of proper time management of the hours in between those training shifts that landed me in this pickle.
The pickle, of course, refers to my backlog of unfinished school assignments. And it’s gradually piling up. If I am to have any chance at passing my subjects this term, I need to get those done A.S.A.P.
October 18, 2010
While things are definitely looking up on the work-related side of my life–it’s the final week of Operations Training before the team hits the floor, but barring any unforseen disaster this job is as good as in the bag–I can’t really say the same of the part related to academics. At this point I need to submit the assignments that I was supposed to submit and post last Saturday, and yet here I am… staring at four pages worth of blank pages. Merde, I know that I procrastinate a lot but this is getting serious (since my grades will ultimately be affected by this).
Note to myself: get your priorities straight, girl. It was bad enough that, in the middle of doing the assignments, I just had to be distracted by anime. Yes, I watched the Bungaku Shoujou movie (there’s some irony in that, many would agree), as well as several episodes of Mononoke… But I’m easily distracted. It’s a failing I have yet to rectify.
*sigh* I guess that means I’ll have to stay up tomorrow to type up what needs to be done. Getting off 8 hours of training won’t leave me any margin for error though… But time is a resource that keeps on slipping through my fingers. It’s all my fault really, but at this point there’s not much I could do but try to make up for it.
And yet, the debt keeps piling up.
October 17, 2010
There’s really no other way to describe how I feel right now. I just can’t get myself to, well, do anything right now. The urge to do anything other than veg out and lie down in bed just isn’t there. I just feel… drained? Definitely not at a hundred percent, for sure.
That said, I can’t afford to be lazy tomorrow. Need to submit the assignments I wasn’t able to pass yesterday, and upload their soft copies onto the group page. Right.
October 16, 2010
It’s easy to figure out just how burnt out I was at the end of the week (and well into the weekend) by how my regular posting schedules get broken. Yeah, I was definitely feeling overwhelmed by the time I got home from training this morning, but it wasn’t the end of my problems, oh no; since I was so stressed out, I wasn’t able to finish either of my assignments for this week. I got off relatively lightly: I can still upload the soft copies to the Yahoo groups I was part of on Monday, as well as drop off the printed hard copies at my professors’ inboxes (since I was heading to DLSU for research anyway).
It’s going to be a busy week, that’s for sure. I guess I’ll just spend most of tomorrow in bed, recuperating…
October 13, 2010
It’s the formal start of operations training, which means this is when the training class I’m part gets introduced to the specifics of the account we’re supposed to be handling. That said, it also means that my schedule gets adjusted back by an hour, as the training starts at eight in the evening instead of the usual nine o’clock. Like the title of the post suggests, it’s a really minor readjustment, but it’s doing nothing for my free time today. Like the proverbial Sword of Damocles, those assignments are still unfinished after all.
Time to get my act together.
October 12, 2010
The first part of the job training program is supposed to end tonight, which means we’re going to have an evaluation on just how much the training class as a whole has learned before proceeding to operations training. I’m not too worried about passing the evaluation at this point, as it’s nothing I haven’t experienced before. After this, the schedule gets shifted one hour earlier, which means I’ll have to be at the office at eight o’clock instead of nine.
I’m a little worried about the remaining pre-employment requirements I need to submit. I promised the HR department that I’d be able to give them my Certificate of Employment from Etrade by today, but apparently I’ll only be able to get it, at earliest, by Friday. Awkward… If this was a Japanese company, there’d be a lot of bowing and apologies to be done, but I’m hoping that I’d be let off this once with a promise “to follow” up on the aforementioned requirements.
I haven’t been able to do, well, anything on the schoolwork front. I was supposed to start on the Fiction Techniques assignment, but that got derailed rather quickly since I had to rush over to Makati to get the Certificate (s) of Employment I requested–which didn’t turn out quite as I’d expected. I’ll just have to make up for it when I wake up tomorrow afternoon.
October 11, 2010
It’s about nine-odd hours until the start of my job training this week, but since I’m wide awake I think I’ll try to make the most of the time before the inevitable one-hour nap prior to getting prepped for work. The thing is, what will I do first? The most logical thing of course is to focus on the Fiction Writing Techniques assignment, but it’s a little intimidating for me. The gist of it is I need to write a two-page vignette on a visit to a place familiar to myself, but viewed through the eyes of someone who’s never been to a similar place before. It’s kind of like a fish-out-of-water story so to speak, but with the additional caveat that, again, I can’t use adverbs or adjectives. Yikes.
There’s also my other subject to worry about, especially since the conceptualization process for the journal we’re supposed to be working on is going oh-so slowly.
Ah heck, might as well get it out of the way. I’ll probably be too tired to even look at a manuscript by the middle of the week, since that’s when the real segment of the job training is supposed to begin.
October 10, 2010
If I had to scale this short weekend, I would say that it was okay. Nothing really earth-shakingly important happened, for sure, but I was able to kick back and relax for the duration, which after the proverbial sensory marathon I experienced yesterday I think I truly deserved. Sure I alternated between sleeping with my room’s A/C on and mindless gaming (Left 4 Dead 2, Recettear, and Starcraft 2, in that order), but at least all that stress which had piled up over the week was dispelled.
So, what’s next on the agenda for this rather laid-back weekend? Well, I’ve built up a small backlog of unwatched new-season anime, so I think I’ll take a look at those. It’ll keep my mind off the fact that I’m going to have to go back to job training tomorrow evening, on top of doing yet another challenging assignment for my Fiction Techniques class.
October 9, 2010
Today was an experience, to say the least. The trainer at work let us off early, so I took advantage of that situation to zip home and prepare for school. Unfortunately while that did leave me enough time to gather the stuff I needed for my classes at DLSU, it did not give me any time for sleep (although I was able to rest my eyes for about half an hour). As a result I spent a good part of the day jumped up with food and cola, and I have to say the experience wasn’t pleasant in the least–calories aside, I still dozed off half of the time. It’s a good thing my professors either didn’t notice me nodding off, or they just didn’t care much that one of their postgrad students was half-asleep through most of their lessons.
Somehow, I doubt that.
Regardless it looks like my next three Saturdays will be like this, so I’ll have to adjust accordingly. Beggars can’t be choosers, and I really need the work so I’ll just have to survive until the training cycle ends in a month.