I went to sleep really early last night (11pm early), in the hope that I would wake up this morning rejuvenated and ready to study for Private International Law, my next examination. Instead, I woke up this morning hungry & sleepy – a combination that doesn’t really spell out “energy”.
It took a cold water shower to knock me properly awake. A cold-water bucket-bath if we need to be (and we always need to be) accurate with our descriptions.
Through the day I’ve suffered from grogginess, and I slept for about 3 hours in the afternoon. Tonight is going to be a long night – I knew that coming into this subject, but the sleep I’ve slept means it’s going to be slightly longer than I anticipated.
Exams bring a strange kind of discipline to people. While mine is limited to the amount of sleep I ensure I give myself (although not in a conventional sleep cycle), I’ve noticed that for others it extends to a timely intake of food (people flock to the mess at 8pm sharp in large numbers), a lot of individualism (more people have earphones in wherever they’re walking), and generally, a higher consumption of caffeine. People might say, “well that’s not discipline”. I’d argue otherwise. Consistency is discipline. People are consistent during exam-time. They find something that works for them and they stick to it. That’s discipline enough, to be honest.
I really want to think about changing the way this blog interacts with people who are interested in reading it. Maybe that’s something I’ll think about and implement over the winter as well – in newsletter form, or some other mechanism.
In other news, I have 3 days to meeting my paternal grandmother, and I’m really pleased to be able to go to her soon.