The year 2002 was a busy year in my life. I knew it was going to be busy and I knew it was going to be different from the previous five
years when I happily spent my days as a research scientist looking to apply Virtual Reality technologies in useful ways. I now had the
added responsibility of preparing for a doctoral thesis by taking a slew of relevant classes and reading madly to find myself an area of
contribution to science. So, I tracked 2002 hour by hour — slotting my activity into one of seven categories: Work if I were
intently focusing on responsibilities associated with paid projects; Sport if I were moving locally on bike, with running shoes, or as a
part of a soccer, football, softball, game (this included commuting time as I committed to a year of cycling for transport); Teach if I
were in a classroom teaching others (at the UW or SCCC); Study if I were reading or coding to understand something new not directly
required of the work responsibilities; Travel if I were out of town getting somewhere or sightseeing once there; Leisure if I were still
awake but not doing any of the above; Sleep if I were in bed unconscious or not involved in an activity that could be coded elsewhere.
I felt I had been more effective in 2015 than 2014 but still was unsure of my effectiveness compared to the highly focused years of graduate school. Upon seeing a radial presentation of the years side by side, I get a feeling that I was able to push consistently in both years presented, but that the pull was quite different. Grad school was structured by the syllabi and social commitments I had. Grad school was motivated by the dynamic laboratory I sat in for ten hours a day. And, perhaps most evidently, grad school was motivated by the people around me that had similar goals and aspirations they were marching to on a moment-to-moment basis.
Of interest is the fact that my leisure time was quite consistent. I’ve always felt my brain would overheat if I didn’t zone out a few hours a day. Creativity seemed to depend on that free time as well. Leisure’s now one where my brain seems to be fully in charge. The dramatic change in study hours has an element of longing and yet the ability to travel unencumbered has been nice.