I read an essay a few weeks ago about how, when you procrastinate, you get so many other things accomplished - just not the thing you were putting off. I've found that when I start feeling unmotivated at work, simply adding to my to do list can get me ticking things off the "to do" list again. So, procrastination is not all bad.
However, sometimes, instead of doing other constructive things while I procrastinate, I give in to my addiction - reading. I will find myself staying up hours past my bedtime oftentimes, when all I really wanted for the evening was to get enough sleep and go to bed at a reasonable hour. Once I get going on a book, I just can't convince myself to put it down until it's finished.
Recently, I tried the strategy of buying some truly awful novel on my Kindle - it is the genre of book I would normally enjoy (fantasy), but the writing is just terrible. This strategy worked fairly well, as I would have something to read when I wanted something to read at bedtime, but I didn't have much of a problem putting it down. Unfortunately, I think I was starting to drive my boyfriend a little crazy talking about how awful the book was.
This strategy sometimes works with my other addiction - chocolate. I'm not a big fan of dark chocolate, so sometimes if I'm craving chocolate, I'll have a piece of dark chocolate. It fills the craving, but I don't want much of it since I don't care for the strong taste.
What are your addictions/bad habits that keep you from getting work done? Do you ever try to fool yourself into avoiding them so that you can get work done?