After two days, I’ve realized that trying to use my typical Rochester schedule of getting up early, heading to the gym, and then doing work is not necessarily the best approach while I’m here. It’s a 25 minute walk to the gym, and another 20-25 from there to RIT or the Old Town, which makes me reluctant to drag my computer with me. And I’m remembering that I’ve never been very good at dealing with intellectual work in the morning.
So I’ve recalibrated a bit, and am using my mornings for down time–catching up on emails, reading Facebook, having a good breakfast. Late morning I’ve dived into intellectual work–which for now means a lot of reading, as I try to get myself up to speed on hospitality and tourism literature, as well as geo-local game development research. Yesterday I got caught up in all of that and ended up not making it to the gym, but I did walk a mile each way to the grocery store. Today I did go to the gym, and was rewarded for my effort with a stunning view while I exercised. (In past years I’ve bought a membership to the Hilton gym, which is closer but underground. This year RIT worked out a deal for faculty, staff, and students to use the Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik, which is a longer walk but a spectacular location.)
I’ve been more focused and productive–and less anxious–over the past few days than I can remember being in a very long time. It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes not to be dealing with the constant stress of feeling behind in either prepping for classes or grading them.
Tomorrow is St Blaise Day, so I’m going to follow local custom and take the day off from schoolwork. I will try to do some language learning, though, after I go down to the Old Town to watch the processional of local priests and congregations in their traditional costumes.