They love to read, that is why. So they do in fact use it to procrastinate. I would rather write. If I am able to sit down and read, it means I am in the real zone and I am working very well. Every attempt I have ever made to write without reading first has caused me no end of trouble and has also delayed writing, and the writing turned out thin when it turned out at all.
But my preference for writing over reading will be useful soon, as I have to organize that book project this week. The problem with that is the files, locating them and organizing them well enough, I think I have to storyboard it and I have to get set up for this. Perhaps I will not require myself to find and organize all of the files. Perhaps I will start writing before I am organized. I think this is a good idea.
The question of organization, however, means I have to be alert and in a good mood, which means I cannot allow myself to be thrown off by unruly professors and students, as happened last week. It means I have to work out and in fact I have an excuse for it, I need to feel regal.