Srikanth Technologies

My Day

In this blog, I want to share my typical day with my students and readers.

Day starts at 4:30

I get up at 4:30 am. Of course my Phone alarm wakes me up.

I get ready to go for Badminton. I play badminton from 5:00-6:00 am in an Indoor court at Seethammadhara. I have started playing badminton in 2010. First played in outdoor court in a park. Then moved to Indoor court. Starting from 2012 I have been playing in the morning 5-6 slot in ISN Raju Indoor court for Badminton at Seethammadhara, which has well-maintained wooden floor. Entry is restricted to members and our slot has 6 members who jell well.

On some Sundays we start at 4:30 am, so I get up at 4:00 am. Sunday and holidays are the days I get to stay beyond 6:00 am and enjoy some conversation with team mates. Otherwise I leave court at 6:00 am or a little earlier as my first class starts at 7:00 am.

We play irrespective of weather. We play doubles and only in some rare cases we play singles.

Badminton Court

Coffee with Padmaja

By 6:30 am I have coffee with Padmaja, my wife. 

Even having coffee in the Balcony of my house is a blessing in life. When I miss it I realize how simple it is yet how important it is.

View from balcony

I leave home for office by 6:45 am. My drive will take only 10 minutes at the most. Drive is pleasant at this time. I use Honda City mostly and occasionally Honda Brio. So I am in office by 6:55 am.

Morning session

Every day I get to give my knowledge to students, is an opportunity and blessing. There is no better place than my classroom. It is the best and most sacred place for me.

My first class starts at 7:00 am. I start at 7:00 am irrespective of number of students. Some students arrive before me and some after me. I encourage students to come even if they are late as missing a part of class is better than missing whole class.

My second class starts at 8:00 am. It is typically Microsoft.NET course for 2 hours duration.

So I am done with my morning session by 10:00 am. But during summer schedule, my courses go on till 12:00 or 1:00 pm. Also all my corporate training programs are scheduled between 10:00 to 1:00 pm. During those periods I will be occupied with classes till 1:00 pm or beyond.


Time to learn

On a typical day, I am ready to learn or prepare course material or help students in fixing their issues etc. by 10:00 am. I generally work till 1:00 pm at office. Learning matters to me a lot. I always have a lot to learn as I work with multiple technologies like Microsoft.Net, Java, Oracle and other web and mobile technologies.

Reading books, blogs and watching videos are my sources of information. I have to apply whatever I read and listen, so I work with my laptop in office to implement whatever I learn. At times things just don’t go in my way. Then I need to spend a lot of time to fix things and understand what went wrong.

So, there are some tough days technically. Sometimes I get stuck with bugs for hours. Patience is the key. I generally don’t use any program in class until I try it on my own. With so many new versions and new tools, you never know when things can go wrong. So I try as many things as I can so that I know the problem well in advance before I discuss the topic in class.

I work with a Laptop connected with an external monitor so that I have two monitors to work with. I use this laptop with pen tablet while recording videos and taking online sessions.

Both my laptop and classroom desktop are from Dell and recently upgraded to Windows 10.

My cabin

Lunch + Nap

I generally have lunch around 1:30 pm. Kids are generally not around except on their holidays. I am not a food lover and not particular about taste.

After my lunch + fruits, I sleep for a while to regain energy. I take a day as two parts and this is the end of part 1 for me. So I sleep for 60 to 120 minutes between 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

By 4:30 pm I get ready to go to office after having tea with Padmaja.

I am at office by 4:45 pm to resume my evening sessions.

Evening sessions

Evening classes start at 5:00 pm. I generally have classes one after another till 9:00 pm. There is no break between classes. Students of one batch leave and those of next batch enter. Some who do multiple courses remain seated. I remain in class all through. My mobile remains in my cabin and I don’t get to see any calls or messages. I don’t want to be distracted by my mobile, so I don’t even take it to classroom.

Time to learn again

I come home at 9:15 or so. It is time for dinner. I prefer to watch sports after dinner. My dinner and lunch are always followed by fruits. I have no reservations about fruits. I eat all and love all.

By 10:00 pm, once I am done with dinner I get back to my room where I have a typical desktop with two monitors connected. It is still a Windows 7 machine.

My room at home

It is time to learn again. I generally prefer desktop for coding. With a conventional keyboard and two monitors, my desktop is the best means for coding. My work ends anywhere between 11:30 pm to 12:30 am.

I play music in the background while I write code in the foreground. It shields me from other noises around. I listen to Hindi and Telugu movie songs and a lot of English numbers as well. 

Getting ready for next day

I decide the dress, belt and shoes to wear for next day before I go to bed. I also keep my badminton dress and shoes ready as I don’t get time next day morning. But if any ironing is be done, that is done in the morning before I put on the dress. I love to do my work myself. At times I wash my clothes. I was taught by my parents to do my work myself.

I maintain to-do list in my diary and also in my mobile.

Another day comes to an end

By the time I am ready to sleep, I know another day in my life has come to an end. I take each day as a privilege and an opportunity to work. I believe work is worship. I believe all Gods advocated humans to work. I am of the opinion we go to work to make ourselves more valuable.

By the time I go to bed it is beyond 12:00 am. So, many times my day ends the next day.

My Sunday

Sunday starts a little earlier as we start playing by 4:30 am. After completing the game, I generally get time to converse with my batchmates as I don't have to leave by 6:00 am.

I prefer to work in the morning. At times I have classes on Sunday morning. If I have to record videos, my office is ideal place as it is quite calm on Sunday morning.

I prefer shopping in the afternoon. I feel shops are relatively free on Sunday afternoon. Generally the whole family goes together for shopping. There is something to buy for everyone.

Evenings are generally meant for get together of relatives and friends.

We don't prefer going to movie on Sunday. We do watch movies but mostly during weekdays and night shows.

What else????

There are good days, great days and also bad days. I try my best to be balanced on all days.

I love to read as many books as possible. Love to know about successful people and places. I have the responsibility to motivate and encourage students to make the most of their talent and resources. They trust me and I can’t let them down.

I don’t watch TV except for sports and occasionally news. I have no interest in TV serials or reality shows. With 24 x 7 channels, every unnecessary event is a news. I feel I have better things to do rather than watching news. However, I prefer watching news on BBC to other channels. I love all sports. I played Cricket, Football, Badminton, Tennis, and Volleyball. When it comes to watching sports, I love to watch all sports. I enjoy watching athletics a lot – relay is my favourite event in athletics.

I don’t use mobile as much as many others. For me it is a good device but not indispensible. It keeps me in touch with a few good friends I have. I don’t know games like Candy Crush and Angry birds. I never played them and don’t think I will ever see myself wasting time on them.

I am always connected to internet. I use Twitter and Facebook sparingly. I use Dropbox for all my documents.

That’s about me and my typical day.

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Posted By mounika On 25-Sep-15 12:33:29 AM

very planned schedule sir. everything is perfect like you sir ... miss your classes :)

Posted By Vineel On 25-Sep-15 10:13:19 AM

You are a true inspiration to me period

Posted By Ganesh On 25-Sep-15 11:44:51 AM

It's strange to know you are able to manage with less sleep.I was your student long back and you are a motivation to me as well to many others. May you achieve more success ahead.

Posted By Manogna On 25-Sep-15 11:56:51 AM

A time for everything and everything in its time!
A complete day, sir. A true inspiration and a role model for those who know you and have been to your classes.

Posted By jayasudha On 25-Sep-15 11:20:06 PM

waking up early in the morning, starting your day with an exercise, maintaining to-do list, playing music in the background and writing code in the foreground : the peaceful and fantastic way of planning your day sir, apart from your excellent coding techniques sir.

Posted By Durgaprasad On 26-Sep-15 09:58:20 AM

No words-"i love to follow you"

Posted By Madan Neelapu On 26-Sep-15 11:23:45 AM

So thats the reason for you being so productive.
I have the responsibility to motivate and encourage students to make the most of their talent and resources. They trust me and I cant let them down.
That is something that not many teachers out there realize.
U dont just work like a teacher sir. U live like one..

Posted By Ravi On 27-Sep-15 08:59:17 PM

Me along with my friend used to come to your classes together and sit in the same places - second row, third and fourth seats from right. We used to discuss about you, the way you teach, the way you motivate a lot sir. After going back, we always wonder how could you manage all your routine and now we finally know. The biggest drawback for us, probably for most of the students, is time management sir. But now you showed us, do what matters the most. Stay fit, stay connected, stay updated, stay focused, learn continuously and practice thoroughly, organize things today for tomorrow. Thank you for sharing with us sir.

Posted By Bharath On 27-Sep-15 10:37:56 PM

I was always eager to know your day plan and wondered how you could manage different technologies with ease,I found it here in a most effective way the best part is how you dress yourself for success every single day,may be you know or not apart from knowledge ,you're the style icon for most of the students!!

Posted By Ankita Pushp On 27-Sep-15 10:53:53 PM

jst can't believe dis sir!!!you don't look how you are?
I thought u vil evrytime teach classes n learn things bt it was gr8 to know dat u evn play n listen to music.
hatsoff to u sir!!!

Posted By Sagar On 28-Sep-15 07:46:06 PM

Leaving ur mobile out...getting out of the sack by 430...starting the classes exactly on time !
Not only they show your passion-but serve as an inspiration for others !
You inspired me today, yet again !

Posted By Vasu J On 30-Sep-15 06:27:24 AM

Thank you sir, Your every word is inspiring to us, after this I'm extending my learning time till 12:30 AM..!!

Posted By Ranjan On 08-Oct-15 12:52:23 AM

You are a true motivation to me and many others. Keep it up sir. keep motivating students and help them making their life a better. definitely learned a lot of time management, punctuality and discipline from you. thank you again. KEEP MOTIVATING. GOD BLESS TO YOUR HAPPY FAMILY :) gonna join few courses soon :)

Posted By Swathi On 16-Nov-15 01:28:56 AM

Hi Sir,

I am an old student of yours. I am learning Hadoop/Spark now and came here to see if you posted any blog on them.

But when I saw this " My Day", I am inspired once again.. I really miss your classes, Sir. I wish you start online classes in Udemy/Coursera for students like us, who cannot make to ur classes.

Thank u for all the knowledge shared and inspiring us,Sir.

Thank u,
Swathi(Alumni of GITAM 2010)

Posted By Vamsi Krishna Chada On 19-Nov-15 08:24:34 AM

I still remember your playing cricket in your college days and then grateful to you always for teaching me the indispensable knowledge in life.

Posted By SriRanganath Tottadi On 05-Dec-15 05:33:17 PM

Very disciplined life style sir, that's the reason you are able to manage all classes on your own .Wondering 4-5 hours of sleep at night is enough??? Loved the way you designed your study room . Always there will be things to learn from you sir..