To some extent there is the matter of prioritizing - something like taking care of a cat seems like it's less necessary than taking care of yourself. Or repairing a tank instead of unpacking, etc. But there are also quality of life factors to take into account. I get a kick out of watching the antics of the fat little birds we've lured to our yard with various treats, and I can certainly understand how other people need some form of companionship when alone so much. And sometimes there are big projects which simply NEED to be done, even if it means neglecting the little stuff for a while, to make things a bit easier in the long run (such as the water tank). So it's often not just a simple matter of only prioritizing day-to-day essentials. Rather it's something we have to constantly reassess - am I getting the most value out of my very limited energy? And what do I value most? What do I need right now, physically or emotionally?