Today I argue that procrastination can be necessary for progress.
Last week was tough. I’ve learned when I have those sorts of weeks that I need to take time for self-care. But…
What about the book? What about the publishing date I have in mind? What about this? What about that? I need to work, I need to work, I need to work…
I need to take a break.
Because I grew up in an environment where I wasn’t really praised for my accomplishments, I grew up never giving myself praise either. One of the problems with this, however, is that you just keep working and working until you feel ‘worthy’ enough for that praise. So, one thing I’m doing this year is to give myself a pat on the back and recognize my hard work and accomplishments, even if others won’t.
Instead of forcing myself to keep going and finish the next big goal, Sunday I took a break. I started ebook testing but once I got to around 2 PM, my body and my brain were screaming for a break. So, that’s exactly what I did. I feel guilty for doing that sometimes, but taking care of myself is just as important as finishing a book. After all, it’s not as though someone else can finish my book for me. I need to stay healthy – physically, emotionally, mentally – in order to be my best, and give readers my best. So, for me, procrastinating to do some self-care IS progress towards my goals.
Often, we don’t have time for a break. So, I MADE time for a break, and brewed a cup of tea and sat down with a book. (If you’re wondering what I’m reading, it’s the ACOTAR (A Court of Thorn and Roses) series from Sarah J. Maas. Amazon only shows 3 books, but there are 4 in the series now with a spin off series to come. It’s a fantasy series, but there are romantic elements. SOOOOOO good! I’m loving it! It’s available on other ebook retailer sites, too: Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and Google.)
I hope all of you take some time for self-care. It’s so easy to get caught up in life and not take that time for ourselves.
What do you do for self-care, or when you make time for a break? Comment on this post and let me know (if you’re receiving the blog by email, just click “Read More” to navigate to the blog page to comment).
This is Post 70 of 100 as part of the #100DaysofMKAuthorLife.