Academic guilt: There's always something I SHOULD be doing!
Lately, I've been thinking about why there's so much guilt and other negative feelings associated with taking a break, taking time off, or even just slowing down in academia. And one of the things that always stands out for me is this feeling that there's always something you should be doing or that voice at the back of your head telling you there's so much you could be doing right now, every time you think of taking a breather.
I'm sure that every researcher/academic/grad student/faculty member has experienced this at some point, but I wanted to know just how bad it is. So I ran a poll on Twitter and found that a vast majority feel this way ALL THE TIME. This can't be good! 😣😥
I decided to bring this conversation here to get the community's thoughts on it. So, have you ever felt like this - "There's always something I should be doing."
If so, how often do you feel like this? What do you do when you start feeling like this?