Tuesday 14 October 2014

What happened to my time?

It's strange how much time you suddenly have at your hands when you scrap two of the three parts to your life. And then, it's surprising how little of that is noticeable.
I quit my job just over a month ago. I used to spend about 40 hours on that every week. Time I won, somehow. I left politics behind - I resigned from all the duties I had and closed that chapter of my life, pretty much. Again, I used to spend about the same amount of time on that every week.
Instead of work and politics, I - finally! - started on the iPhD course in Web Science in Southampton. For the first time in my life, I feel like I'm a genuine student. And I love every bit of it, so far! Even statistics - who would have thought?!
But then, all around me students were always the people who somehow had so much ... time. And I was sort of looking forward to having that too. But I don't have it! I really don't know what I'm doing wrong.
I basically spend all of my time finishing up the lectures I had and preparing for the next, understanding the concepts and reading literature. Am I just being a perfectionist again and doing far more than would be needed? And why does my brain feel like I worked my usual 100 hours although in pure numbers I am actually working less than I even did in my job alone?
All in all: This is not what I expected. But: It is great!