Being a Singaporean and living with family while studying at INSEAD Singapore campus comes with its pros and cons. Yesterday I had plans to finish writing my Negotiation essay so I wouldn’t be rushing it out at the last minute at 6pm today. However I learnt at the last minute (which is often the case) that relatives were invited over, and dinner lasted between 2-3 hours when I’d normally just take 30 minutes.
On one hand I wanted to walk off after finishing my meal, but it would have been rude. Plus, I hadn’t seen some of these relatives in a while, and my latest baby niece was there too. So I stayed till the end. Thus all the items in my to-do list were undone as of this morning and I wasn’t very happy about it.
This morning I continued writing my essay, and arrived in school at noon for MarkStrat decision #6. I learnt we were still kicking ass and received double the previous budget, which was remarkable. So things are much better now. I was also happy to receive feedback on what I could do to help a team mate work faster and will be doing that in future.
Then I dashed home to finish writing my essay, grabbing a quick lunch along the way. I reviewed and submitted it at 6pm on the dot.
I was going to attend the Chinese dinner tonight and buy 2 T-shirts, but alas my sizes were already sold out, and there were 2 more group assignments due soon that I hadn’t started on yet. It’s good to have fun, meet new people and support your ethnic week, but it’s quite another thing to show up for group meetings unprepared. I believe in completing the latter before enjoying the former. So I’m staying back to finish my work and not let my teams down.