Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Clocking in... clocking out...
One of the reasons I chose to be a lecturer is flexible working hour. I'd rather get lower pay than to work long hour. While I was working as a tutor in Mission College, Thailand, I was never told to clock in and clock out. I thought it's the same everywhere.
That's why when I came back to Malaysia 4 years ago and apply for a teaching position in Ipoh, I was surprised to find that a lecturer also needs to clock in and clock out. Maybe in Malaysia the system is different.
Anyway, I'd been clocking in and out for almost 4 years. It was my routine. Clocking in before 7.30a.m., clocking out at 4.30p.m. When I got used to it, I actually enjoyed the consistency. There was a clear boundary between work and home, between being a lecturer and a wife. I could switched my role easily. After clocking out, I could put all my works behind (I don't bring works back home).
Currently I'm jobless and there's no more clocking in and clocking out. At first I felt a bit weird, I was not sure when to really start my day. But then I quickly get into a new routine. Nowadays I woke up without alarm clock (I'm still an early bird, a habit since young), have my breakfast, do my devotion, then read and study (yes, I study for fun, to kill time!), then do some houseworks or cook. If Pr.WS is going out for visitation or care group, I'd follow. His timetable becomes my new routine.
So I clock in when I wake up, clock out when I sleep. I clock in and clock out with God. In the morning I say Hi to Him; before sleep I bid Him good night. I love my new routine! :-)