May 26, 2024

Dear Manang,
I just realized that life is even more hectic now that everything is online and Zoomed. I have an online job and seem to work more hours than I used to. I am stressed to the point that I can’t even eat my meals properly. I know that I am the master of my own time. How do I prioritize between these meetings, group chats, Facebook, Instagram, and online work?
Cassie of Loakan, Baguio City

Dear Cassie,
Indeed, virtual schedules are more stressful than the physical ones. Our dates begin and end at a certain hour, but the virtual ones invade our sleeping hours too. My dear, we are masters of our time. We set the time to turn on or off our gadgets and phones. The Zoom meets are set at the hour and minute they begin. But your FB and Instagram time can eat up all the other hours – this you choose. Work is set and completion is up to you. This to me is priority because this is moolah. Piece of cake, dear. Close your social media accounts.
Your challenge,

Dear Manang,
My son wants to delay going to college because he wants to wait until face-to-face classes begin. I am worried because it is nice to be lazy and just play games online. The online games are endless, and that process addiction is difficult because I am also one. On the other hand, it’s hard to discipline yourself with online classes. I am just worried that he might enjoy freedom too much. What do you think?
Meg of Happy Hallow, Baguio City

Dear Meg,
You are not alone because there are thousands of students out there who refuse to return to virtual school and worry their parents to death. It is such a bummer to have no one to eat a burger with or share chips with when you do those kinds of classes. Give him a year but plan it out well and talk it over. These kids like to be consulted sometimes and commit to it more. Maybe you should start engaging your son in some meaningful conversation?