I'm looking for an idiom for when someone will do small, irrelevant tasks during a crisis instead of working to solve the crisis. The focus of the phrase wouldn't be on procrastinating, it would be about ignoring the crisis entirely.
- Choosing to organize the supply cupboard when a short deadline suddenly appears
A stock trader doing low priority market research during a market crash
Sweeping up the ashes while your house is still on fire
- Changing the oil of your car when you have 4 flat tires
Is there an idiom for this? I feel like it has been on the tip of my tongue for days now.