Ahh, c'mon! you do it, too don't you?
Or, should that be "don't do it"?
Procrastinate- an overlong word for whittling time.
At best procrastination is such pure self-expression it's almost an art form. All those little things you do to evade the task at hand, so intimate and personal to the procrastinator, cleaning hammers, winding clocks or re-arranging spice jars. You could make it into an installation.
A meditation on evasion
Then again, there is the element of ritual and repetition to consider. This weekend, for example I could not start my project until I had squandered precious time on tidying my workbench, checking my email, making more coffee, pruning roses.
It cleared my mind.
Helped me to focus.
I confess, I am a serial time-thief and have done the very same things so often before.
Maybe I'm fooling myself, but I like the work I produce close to a deadline, even if that deadline is self imposed.
The trick is knowing when to stop.
Procrastination, for me, is part of the creative process, an important part. Writing this blog has been a perfect exercise in time-eating, head-clearing, spell casting , that will, hopefully, allow me to finish my project on time - a productive bit of un-productivity.
My only regret is I think maybe I've stolen a little of your time, too.