An ironic thought: I’m reading, but I feel guilty because I could be doing work on my dissertation. The irony comes in when you are reading an article about the topic while you are highly distracted by academics (http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/grad-school-guilt).
The premise of the article focuses on the very flexible structure in graduate studies and the way it can cause stress in other parts of your life. Furthermore, there are other needs in one’s personal life. There are other needs in one’s academic duties. One can be plagued by one’s own high standards of productivity and anything less can cause guilt and extra work.
In the end, the author recommends to make sure you have a full day worth of work on your dissertation in order to avoid the guilt. The author mentions setting some daily goals so you have some personal perspective to compare the day’s work.
Now it is time to walk over to go have a nice burrito without guilt…