Flaw: You're about five pages into the book and you're already analyzing the author's writing style and figuring out how to make your own writing as interesting as this bestseller. Suddenly, you're overcome with guilt that you've been neglecting your own creative writing. Eventually, you put the book down after only a few minutes and you begin work on rewriting your old stories.
2. Watch some TV. Mindless television is the perfect way to relax, right?
Flaw: You're flipping channels when your attention is caught by a symphony orchestra performance--and this is no community orchestra--it's the New York Philharmonic. You watch the concert all the way through, but then when it's over, you're tempted to practice. Practice just a little...maybe just do a few warm ups on the flute...but you should definitely play through a few Berbiguier etudes before you call it quits for the night...but now that you've been working on etudes you might as well work on a Wohlfahrt etude on the violin. Before you know it, you've been practicing for about four hours and you want to keep going.
3. Read through the newspaper. Such a mundane activity for relaxing.
Flaw: You found the Sudoku puzzle. It's all over now. You're addicted.
4. Invite a friend over to help you chill for the afternoon.
Flaw: She saw your half-finished level three Sudoku puzzle and she wants to help solve it. You spend about ten minutes staring at the boxes with numbers to deduce that it's unsolvable...at least for you at the moment.
Perhaps an overachiever's attempt at relaxing is actually being productive. Try to figure out that paradox!