We're entering the final stretch of the academic year. Some of my friends and colleagues are already 50%+ done with grading. I'm ahead...for me. Which is to say that I have already graded and handed back several sets of papers. But I still have miles to go, and many things on my plate. How's that for a mixed metaphor?
Anyhow, I got started thinking about vices, and wondering if there's anything good about them. For example, I like to eat an unseemly number of clementines every day. But I usually begin consuming them en masse during cold season, and they really help. So the vice isn't really a vice.
But what about other vices, like being too much of a perfectionist? (GUILTY!) I know that it's a vice, and that it may some day give me an ulcer, but for now it really helps with attention to detail.
Procrastination? (GUILTY!) It helps me focus because there's absolutely no alternative once I start working.
Occasional mild jealousy of others who are doing better? (GUILTY!) I'm not talking about schadenfreude here, just your everyday, "Aww shucks. I'm just going to have to try harder. As soon as I finish eating these clementines and scolding myself."
This post may seem like it's rationalizing, and perhaps it is. But I can't start grading right now, so I have to write something. Maybe you do too.
So what are your vices, and how do they help or hinder your work, creative or otherwise? Do you have recommendations for vices we may want to try, if interested in swapping?