The former Crystal Palace and Aston Villa defender's deal is due to expire in December 2022 and after guiding England to the final of Euro 2020 the FA are understandably keen to tie him down to a new contract.
But Southgate, 51, is in no rush and happy to bide his time until he feels the timing is right.
He said: "I think I said last month that I had asked to put that [contract talks] further back into the autumn as I just wanted to focus on these games and also to give the time to make the right decision.
"After the Euros there is a huge amount of emotion and feeling and fatigue from going through a tournament like that.
"I want to make sure that I am making the right decisions for the right reason.
"We have happily parked that for the time being.
"The discussions are very much open and Mark Bellingham [FA chief executive] has been really supportive but I have really felt this task - of getting the country to the World Cup - was the priority.
"We can look at everything in the next few weeks."
On Monday (11.10.21) Germany became the first nation to officially qualify for Qatar 2022.
They comprehensibly beat North Macedonia 4-0 which left them with unassailable eight-point lead over next best-placed side Romania in Group J with just two games to play.