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January 19, 2012

The 8-8-8 Rule


I like it when my teachers tell topics which are not connected to our lessons in class. Actually, those are the times that I'm so willing to listen. You are so bored and your nose is already bleeding invisibly and out of the blue the teacher says, "Did you know that blah blah blah?" You are suddenly woken back to life and eagerly listens to what he shares. Please don't get me wrong, I honestly do pay attention to their discussions with EFFORTS until the very end. But it's always different when they talk about unrelated topics, right? You don't force yourself to focus, you willingly give it because all unrelated topics in class all look interesting. I call it by the way an INTERMISSION NUMBER. :D

So in my Astronomic Geodesy class, our teacher had a segway sharing about the 8-8-8 rule. That was the first time that I heard of it! The said rule is about the right way to consume your day. We all have 24 hours in a day. According to the sound rule, 8 hours should be used for work (academics if you're a student), 8 hours for sleep and 8 hours for recreation. That is a balanced life. Those three should be equally divided. If you sleep more than 8 hours, that makes you a lazy head. If you work more than 8 hours, it would make you crazy and unhealthy (hihihi). Then if you spend so much time in recreation, you are useless. I think I'm between being lazy and useless. :| (Shit, no!)

I've been pondering about it (like a boss) and realize how blessed are those who find their work genuinely enjoyable that sometimes they see it as a recreation. Those professional basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, baseball, badminton players who are being paid on doing something that they also love doing during their free time. Those professional food tasters (Yes! There exists such kind of work. No joke!) who get money out of eating! Those computer programmers who find love in what they're doing. We really should be working on what what we love or loving that job that provides you money. In that way, it's easy to balance life.


When you consider work (studies) and recreation as independent variables because you never EVER see your work as a recreation, do you think 8 hours for leisure time is enough?  The time you use when taking a bath, eating, going to work or school are included as your recreation, according to our teacher. So when you're caught up in a traffic for 2 hours going back home, your time is now lessened to 6. :( That is so sad, right? It is being subtracted to the category that you most prefer! Hay, time is too short. Therefore, let's spend it ONLY with the things that we love. #hopefully

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