We’re two weeks in now and the priorities we set now will determine how the rest of our season goes. Fortunately, we can always shift our goals - but let’s set some good ones sooner than later.
- My sleep: When I don’t get enough sleep it severely impacts my ability to be happy and healthy. If I’m not happy and healthy, everything else shuts down. I went to my doctor with maladies a few years ago and the first thing she asked was “how is your sleep.” I know with robots + homework + school + decompression that it’s hard to get enough sleep. Catch up on your sleep when you can. Sacrifice lower priorities for this (ie don’t be in the shop 6 days a week till 9p)
My mental/physical health: Sleep is a subset of this, and I want to be extremely clear that sleep has the highest impact on my ability to make sure that I am the Best Katie I Can Be. My mental and physical health also require things like:
- eating a veggie every once in a while
- drinking water
- going for a walk when I’m stressed
- understanding when an activity is not beneficial (have I been bashing my head for an hour over some line of code at work? Maybe I should do something else for a minute and come back to it later… I wish I had done this chem homework in high school)
- My Friends and Family - Is my dog taken care of? Am I honoring my commitments to my SO and my friends? Am I making time to see/talk to friends that make me happier? When’s the last time I talked to my mom?
- Work - Alright so, real talk, this is only here because this is where school should be but I’m not in school. Work is important because its how I Contribute To Society and also how I Pay My Rent. School is important because it is your passport to your future.
- Hobbies (aka robotics)
Robotics season can get stressful fast - for both students and mentors (mentors can get stressed what?!?). Please remember that there are so many things so much more important than robotics, starting with YOU.
Is robotics + school giving you anxiety? Are you experiencing an existential dread? Find someone you can talk to - your teammates, your mentors, a counselor, a teacher, your parents, etc. There is nothing wrong with you if you’re experiencing stress or depression and you definitely do not need to experience these things on your own.
What are your priorities? How does your team ensure that its members aren’t sacrificing themselves for robotics? How can we help each-other?
In the words of one of my mentors:
Be Happy. Be You.