"By the next morning the Pirate Captain had hit a bit of a wall. He'd spend half the night on his major work, but it wasn't really coming together. It didn't help that every time he got to a tricky bit, he'd play a couple of hands of solitaire or waste half an hour trying on hats. He'd had the boat sailing in circles for a while now, to give himself more time to finish, and he really didn't know how much longer he could keep it up before Marx suspected something."
-- From 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists' by Gideon Defoe.
This resonated with me today, as I work on paperwork to extend the deadline for my PhD work, after a lot of time sailing in circles and too many games of solitaire.