Short and Sane: When to say “when”

As grad students, we tend to forget that NOBODY works ALL THE TIME. Our workloads have a nasty habit of sliding into our personal lives until it’s all so jumbled up that we forget to remember to have a life.

So — if you spent the morning teaching and attending meetings and then went to a seminar in the afternoon, and this is your fourth day in a row doing so, consider — just this once — going home and NOT reading for class, grading papers, or working on a paper tonight. Because — you already worked an 8-10 hour day, possibly even a 12-14 hour day, and possibly several in a row.

Maybe, just maybe, EVERY DAY doesn’t have to be ALL DAY.

This one night, after a long and full day of teaching and being a student, watch something mindless on TV. Go to the movies. Go for a run. Order a pizza,. Read something….NOT for school. Then, get up a little earlier in the morning and get some of that reading done. Your brain will thank you for it.

Or, to put it in in visual terms:







About Melissa Ridley Elmes

Professor and writer; Unrepentant nerd; chaotic good. Author of Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems. PhD, MFA. She/hers. Views my own.
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2 Responses to Short and Sane: When to say “when”

  1. Um, it’s totally not just a grad student problem!

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