Procrastination is Not Self-Care

Procrastination is not self-care.

I started this week with the plan to do some writing tonight.  I’ve been thinking about two different blog posts for the past two weeks (Social Media is the new Materialism.  Instagram is turning us into hoarders and cat ladies. And a post on the Space Between Being and Doing).  And I was feeling a bit bummed that I didn’t post a 1 year anniversary of the blog post last week.  (I did do a short Periscope video.)


This weekend it hit me: this month that I’m closer to 50 years old than I am to 40.  And I’m still not doing exactly what I’d like to be doing.

My dream or desire to be working for a church doing family, small group or counseling ministry hasn’t happened yet.

But maybe I’m doing what I need to be doing for now.

Maybe I need to keep working at counseling, coaching, writing and speaking in the places and with the people I have right in front of me and keep improving to serve the church of Portland as a whole.  Instead of on staff with one church.


This post almost didn’t happen.  After getting home and eating dinner, I ended up procastinating instead of writing.

I watched the rest of the SpongeBob Squarepants movie and some of 50th Anniversary episodes of Doctor Who with my daughter.

But then we came across this great TED Talk by Tim Urban: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator

It is hilarious!  It’s not only humorous, it’s also a powerful talk by a guy who gets it what procrastinators think and feel.

While listening, it hit me, “Procrastination is not self-care.”

I’ll be writing more on self-care and the healthy rhythm between Being and Doing soon but that idea, Procrastination is not self-care, I think is a gamechanger for me.  The resulting feelings when I procrastinate compared to when I take care of myself in a healthy way, are worlds apart.

If you struggle with procrastination, I think this video will help you see procrastination in a new, humorous light.

It helped me hop on here real quick and I’m looking forward to getting to those two other posts here soon.

Is there anything you are procrastinating on these days?

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Licensed professional counselor and health coach in Portland, OR Pre-marital and couples counseling. Individual counseling for anxiety, depression, insomnia, sleep disorders, sexual addiction, porn addiction, career, transitions, grief, burnout, personal growth.

4 thoughts on “Procrastination is Not Self-Care”

  1. I don’t believe in coincidences, so your blog post and mine came out at similar times for a reason! I’ve been procrastinating blogging. I tell myself I don’t have anything interesting enough to say right now. I’ll write when I have my next big epiphany. Well, I see how consistently my colleagues update their blogs, and just knew I had to put more effort into my own blog. Therefore, I wrote about something new I’m trying (meditation), and didn’t overthink it. I tend to feel that if I don’t do a bunch of research and have a host of things to say about a topic, that it’s not worthy of a blog post. Well, my blog post this morning was short and sweet, and I no longer have a legitimate reason to put it off. I’ll be writing every day this week, as I try out a new meditation app. Thanks for reinforcing what God wanted me to learn: No, procrastination is NOT self-care. Thanks so much, Sovann!

    1. That’s wonderful Ligia! Short and sweet gets read.
      Sorry for the delay in replying, I’m not used to getting comments here on the blog.
      I’ve thought about writing three different blogs in the past two weeks but just haven’t been disciplined to carve out the time to type them up.
      Sometimes I use Evernote and use text-to-speech to capture ideas, I need to get back to that, especially with my goal to write 20 blog posts this month for Mental Health Awareness Month.
      I stopped telling myself I don’t have anything interesting to say (I do struggle with telling myself nobody cares) because I focus on what’s interesting to me, even if it may or may not be interesting to others. When I focus on that, writing is fun.
      Even if I only write 2-3 sentences on some days, I’m determined to write most days this month 🙂

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