There was no snow yesterday, nor today. Looks like the storm snowed itself out over Pennsylvania.
I can’t say that my tai chi practice today was good. It wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t in the realms of excellence. It’s done, is what it is.
I’m discovering that there is a correlation between a good practice, and a series of contributing factors:
- I have to go to bed early enough that a 5:00am start time doesn’t feel horrible.
- I have to not have anything else to do in the morning that requires my attention besides breakfast and getting to school.
- I have to feel like I’m relaxed enough to give my attention to the practice: not stressed about morning activities at school.
A lot of it comes down to time. Part of the reason I feel rushed in the morning is that I’m often up late; and part of the reason I’m up late is that I’m working on various projects; and part of the reason I’m working on various projects is that I’m trying to change what and how I teach. If I don’t get out of bed until 5:30 am on a Monday (like today), I can’t do a 40-minute tai chi session. I’m expected at school by 7:30 am. If I get out of bed earlier, I can do a more leisurely (not necessarily relaxed) tai chi session, and get a better work-out.
So clearly, time management is one of the key issues that I need to solve. It’s interesting when the problem can be identified like that. Now to solve it.