You are more than your productivity // Kenya Crawford
While being a graduate student it’s easy to get stuck in the mindset that you must always be achieving. More often than not, achieving typically includes acing your comprehensive exams, getting accepted to a leading conference in your field, or getting that IRB approval you’ve been waiting on. While these accomplishments are extremely difficult to achieve these achievements do not equate to your worth. While we may spend hours on literature reviews, prepping for clients, or keeping up to date on the most recent research, it’s easy to lose ourselves in our work.
Many graduate students tend to pride themselves on working long hours or juggling multiple responsibilities. These abilities are heavily linked to your success, but how often are they taking away from your life. When was the last time you did something for sole enjoyment? Not with the intention of future praise. How often are you taking time for yourself? If you are anything like me, you may have multiple calendars and post-it notes to keep you on track. Try making a list of self-care options and doing at least one. Do at least one thing for yourself, daily. Don’t wait, because life is passing you by.
Every now and then it’s important to stay true to you. You are not solely your degree, your C.V., or your LinkedIn profile. You are a holistic being with so much more to offer. You are so much more than your productivity.