Our campus is exploding with events right now. Everyone is hosting a talk, or giving a talk, or organizing something for students. Club meetings. Presentations. I've taken time to prepare for and have presented at some of these and have attended some others.
Right now, there's something every day of the week, including days that I usually do research.
On one hand, it's wonderful to see so much interest and activity.
On the other hand, if you start getting a migraine because you're running from one to the other, maybe it's time to stop.
But what do you do about "audience guilt," the feeling that you ought to be going to show support for colleagues and students?
Sometimes I've emailed the person to say "sorry, but I can't be there" when I have had an appointment.
Does that really help, though, or does it ring false, as in "you should have been there, anyway"?
Last week I was supposed to go to something but was so slammed with immediate work (as in meeting my classes in an hour) that I couldn't. I got the work done, but the residual guilt got worse.
How do you balance these things?