Because let’s call this whole shit show what it is: traumatizing. We’re all working through something traumatic. So, those feelings you’re experiencing such as lack of motivation, depression, anxiety, grief, dissociation – they are all part of your mind and soul trying to process what’s happening. And when you’re working through something traumatic, the last thing you need to worry about is how to be more productive.
A recent Facebook post reminded me of a pivotal moment during my time as a graduate assistant, earning my master’s degree in higher education. I worked 20 hours in the dean’s office, specifically helping students with disabilities get their proper accommodations. The work was draining, to say the least. A fellow classmate, who was completing her doc program, walked by. What started as a quick “hello”, turned into a deep, half hour conversation about our work that ultimately culminated in her telling me this: You’re not that important.