I’ve been with VIPKID for 216 days now, and let me tell you, it’s still a struggle every day. Every. Day.
I’ve always hated getting up in the morning. It’s painful in every sense of the word. You’d think after a certain period of time, my body would adjust and it wouldn’t be so bad, but that has yet to happen. Why not go to sleep earlier? Seems simple enough. But it doesn’t matter. I can get 8 hours of sleep and I feel the same as I do with 5 hours. I don’t understand it.
Plus, I’m a night person. That’s when I feel the most creative and the most motivated. I used to get on my treadmill at 10-11 at night. That’s when I’d get most of my writing done. That’s when I’d do some dishes, laundry, whatever.
I’m lucky in that I don’t have another job to get to, or kids to take care of, or a husband to…babysit? So I could take a nap if I wanted. But I don’t nap well. I feel miserable when I wake up, so it’s never worth it.
So, for me, this is definitely the worst aspect of the job. Is it enough to say, forget it, let’s find something else? Eh, some days, I do think this. Not gonna lie. Overall, I still love this gig. I’m just not a fan of 5:30 am. Being on the east coast, I shouldn’t even complain. Some people start teaching at 3. Bless their little sleep deprived hearts.
If you’re considering this job, be aware how this will affect your life. I may only teach 5-6 classes a day, but it has changed my entire schedule and routine. And I have yet to find a new one that feels normal.
That’s all, teachers. I’ll see you next week.