Subsection 10.3.3 Procrastination Versus Self-Care
Good time management is a form of self-care because it makes it possible to balance activities and commitments that you care about without compromising your mental, physical, and emotional health. Because it’s easy to associate not doing work with procrastination, it can be difficult to tell the difference between taking a necessary mental break and procrastinating. So what’s the difference?
Distinguishing Procrastination from Self-Care.
Self-care is crucial; procrastination activities are not. It’s the difference between getting enough sleep versus making time for a Netflix episode. If you’re not making time for the baseline things you need to be healthy (physically, mentally, and emotionally), chances are the extra “fun” things you are creating time for aren’t self-care, but procrastination.
Each of us will have different ways of “recharging our batteries” but the point of self-care is that it does recharge and rejuvenate—procrastination sucks energy and leaves guilt. Check yourself: do you actually feel rejuvenated after your break, or do you feel worse about yourself than when you started?
Trying to do things that “recharge your batteries” rather than that leave you feeling guilty about your break is a good way to decide whether a non-work activity is an important break. If you’re probably going to be in a better mental, physical, or emotional state to be productive after you take a break to do something, chances are it’s self-care, not procrastination.