Can you make procrastination work for you? This past year, I wrote an article on how to make procrastination profitable. (See Absolute Write and Visions.) We all are guilty. We all find ways to procrastinate.
Do you sometimes sit at your computer and realize your office space is a mess? How can you work in all that chaos. Surely your muse will be happier if you move this book to the bookshelf and organize that pile of papers in your file.
Oh, and when that blank screen stares at you, do you suddenly realize you haven't vacuumed the house or mowed the lawn?
Then, of course, there are the animals and kids. Did you spend enough time with them today. If not, surely, writing should come later. After all the kids will grow up and move away and the animals have a limited life span.
Still, even when you're procrastinating, you can be thinking. Use time away from your computer to re-energize yourself. A walk with the dogs can clear your head, and allow you to think about the path your character needs to walk. Taking time to play with your children may help you come up with a new craft or recipe idea. Even spending time on Facebook can be profitable if you've learned to network with other writers. Ask them for an opinion on something you're writing. Seek out expert testimony for your next article.
Sometimes those few minutes of procrastinating can give you the boost you need to restart your creative engine. Don't feel guilty. Use that time to get your muse back into your life.