About a week ago, I started to feel overwhelmed by all the work I’m doing. Instead of feeling defeatist about it, I decided I was just going to dig in and do the best that I can. I still find it difficult to be in high gear work wise and to manage to carve out time for my family and for myself. Because I also think I can’t do my best work without getting enough rest and without feeling connected to friends and family, and honestly, without clean clothes!
And the thing is, most of my work is somewhat my choice. I do things I don’t absolutely have to do because I care about what I do. I know I can have impact on my students, on my school, and maybe even my field, through my work. So I take it seriously. But it can’t be everything.