Getting busy and staying sane

So I've been kind of MIA lately with keeping up on these blog posts. To keep things short, things have been sort of crazy in the past month or so with work and school.


I think we can all relate to feeling overwhelmed at times with our work schedule. When things get hectic, we tend to push all of our hobbies and passions to the wayside so that we can focus solely on getting work done. I'm definitely no stranger to this way of thinking as I've gotten into these spots multiple times through college. It's this weird interface between "I'm still happy with what I'm at and what I'm doing" and "Man I've just got so much going on constantly that I'm worried about succeeding".


For those of you in graduate school, the feeling of needing to succeed is coupled with imposter syndrome and makes for a nasty combination of consistently feeling as though you aren't good enough.


Mental health and graduate school burnout is something that I want to cover more on this blog in the future, but for now, all of that is sort of out of the scope of this post. For those of you who are feeling the same way I am about work/school right now, I empathize with you! The important thing to remember is that you're likely doing better than you think you are.


The most important advice I've ever had to take regarding getting swamped with work is this:


Allow yourself to take time FOR yourself. Don't let your passions get drowned by your work.


It sounds simple, but it's such a hard concept to follow, and very easy to forget when you're in the midst of filling out grant applications, optimizing protocols that never seem to work well, and preparing for committee meetings. If it helps you at all, just know that I'm right here with you in the struggle!


-Michael

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