In our world today that values productivity so intensely, you could say there really isn’t room for procrastination. Everything is about do more tasks in a shorter period of time. Use more lists, try new work methods– do whatever you have to do to get more accomplished.
I commonly fall into the trap that is the quest for infinite productivity. If I work hard and long enough, maybe, just maybe, I’ll stumble upon the holy grail of efficiency and I won’t need breaks any longer and I won’t struggle with getting tasks done with the hours I am given in a day.
Unfortunately, this quest will always be for naught and in the process, you’ll only hurt yourself. Procrastination has been unnecessarily demonized and expanded to encompass everything that isn’t being explicitly done to further one’s own productivity.
If you feel burnt out but know you have a series of tasks due in the next week, procrastinating your work by taking a break is not a bad thing. Sometimes, you need to take a break and push the work off for later: it’s the only way you remain sane.
This Saturday, I felt overly exhausted after a week of having been sick and pushing through to get all my work done. I just felt drained. So I didn’t start a paper, but rather I watched This is Us and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I chose not to beat myself up for taking this day off: I needed a day to relax and recharge. I knew that if I continued to push myself, I would not perform well and my productivity would plummet.
Further, we lose our way when we don’t occasionally push something off.
A friend recently asked me if I’m doing what I love right now. Am I giving myself to what I’m passionate about or am I just on the hamster wheel of life? When we don’t take breaks and give ourselves room to breathe, we lose sight of what we love. We always are thinking of the next task and looking forward that we miss the opportunity to experience the present moments.
Procrastination does not have to be a demon in one’s life that stops you from doing what’s important. Rather, it’s a tool to accomplishing tasks while taking care of yourself.
You are not a robot. You are not an energizer bunny. You are a person who deserves your own time. You are not behind. You are right on-time. You are doing just fine, even when you take a few hours off.