True confessions: I haven’t completed my book order yet for fall 2020. Yes, I’m one of those faculty members. I just found out that I have to comply this week so I will. Reluctantly.
But here’s what I’m not doing right now. I’m not prepping my classes, adjusting my syllabi, and definitely not thinking about all the things that may or may not happen in this dumpster fire of a year.
Yep, you heard me right. I think one of the worst things we can do right now is try to outwork or outsmart contingency. That is just worrying on paper, and worry never helps. Now again, if you love prepping and perfecting your classes amid pandemic uncertainty, then go for it! But if turning toward this work right now kills your soul a little, then don’t do it now. It will be right there for you at the end of July or the beginning of the month that shall not be named. This is not procrastination. It’s soul care.