Keeping the Seat of One's Pants on the Seat of the Chair

When it comes to many of our tasks, keeping the seat of our pants on the seat of our chair is a necessary first step to getting the job done. Once we get up and leave that chair, we leave our work too. 

Uncertainty, Emotion & Task Delay: I May Have Fear, but I Need Not be My Fear

In a recent discussion with a friend about procrastination, he said, "I find I always procrastinate when I don't know what to do next." The research literature reflects his personal experience, uncertainty is related to procrastination, but it's more than just not knowing what to do next. As I said in response to him, "It may also be about how the uncertainty makes you feel."

Patch Adams on Procrastination

Today, I was involved in an all-day event sponsored by The focus was on "Finding Joy in Life: Living each day to the fullest." I spoke about procrastination and how it serves to undermine our well-being. Patch Adams spoke about laughter, choice and living a life of joy. I asked Patch what he thought of a potential gap between intention and action. Here's what he said.

I am Procrastinating By Reading these Blogs: The Survey Results

A couple of weeks ago, I asked a simple question in an online survey here on my blog: To what extent are you procrastinating right now by reading these blogs?

Talk of the Procrast-i-Nation: Our Reasons for Delay

The conversation today was fascinating, as it went in so many directions. 

Procrastination: Talk of the Nation

 If you're interested in hearing more about procrastination, tune into NPR Talk of the Nation today at 3 p.m. ET. 

Worry Helps me Cope: A Metacognitive Belief Linked to Procrastination

There's more than one type of procrastination. We can needlessly delay tasks - behavioral procrastination. We can also needlessly delay making decisions - decisional procrastination.

Getting Off to a Good Start: An Upward Spiral of Happiness

Success breeds success. The rich get richer. That's not news.   

Goal Progress and Happiness

Sometimes things aren't just moving slowly. They're not moving at all. What are the effects of lack of progress in our goal pursuit? 

Avoiding What Might Have Been

Avoiding thoughts about how things could have been better - an interesting strategy for self-enhancement. "It could have been worst" vs. "I could have done it better." What do procrastinators say? 

Tell the Truth, Are You Procrastinating Right Now?

I’m curious. Are you procrastinating right now? Is reading these blogs part of your procrastination? I’m not judging, just curious. Take the anonymous poll, and I’ll post the results in a couple of weeks.

Tackling Procrastination: A Practical Counseling Approach

While we all desire to reach or release our full potential, we often face deep internal struggles with perfectionism, excessive self-doubt, lack of persistence, self-depreciation and procrastination.

Procrastination: What Role Wisdom?

WisdomWhat can we say about wisdom and procrastination? Can it be sagacious delay?

How Are You Managing Your Time?

Procrastination is NOT a time management problem. However, if you're procrastinating, chances are you're managing your time very poorly.  

Procrastination Is . . .

Have you ever procrastinated? Of course you have. So, you've got to watch this YouTube Video - Procrastination. It will make you smile. It will make you think. 

What's Your "Ought Self" Like?

Our ideal self is the person we want to be. Our ought self is our understanding of what others want us to be - what we ought to be and do. Then there is our actual self. What happens when our actual self doesn't match the ideal or ought selves?

Coping and Procrastination: The Role of Hope

Hope - a confident feeling about what will happen in the future.  And a sentiment related to lower procrastination.

"Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire"

A quick Internet search reveals that this quote is misattributed to William Butler Yeats. Despite the error in the source, this often-used quote captures what lies at the heart of authentic engagement - fire.  

Where There's a Will, There's a . . .

. . . human being. The recent emphasis about will being merely an illusion is another example of the "baby being thrown out with the bath water." 


Mañana, tomorrow, the word conjures up a laid-back life style. In fact, we often stereotype some cultures as more laid back - Mañana nations perhaps? Are there national differences in the prevalence rates of chronic procrastination?

Evaluation Threat and Procrastination

No surprises here. High evaluation threat makes chronic procrastinators put off their work. 

Procrastination and Flow Experiences: A Tale of Opposites

Procrastinators rarely engage in their lives in a way that creates the experience of "flow." They're rarely "in the zone" or "find their groove." What's flow? Why are the optimal conditions for flow just the opposite of what promotes task delay?

Second-order Procrastination: Another Inconvenient Truth Related to Climate Change

 You control climate change . . . if you get around to it. This is the perfect storm for both first- and second-order procrastination.

Delay as a Self-handicapping Strategy

"Do people always want to know precisely who they are and exactly what they are capable of accomplishing at their best? We doubt it . . ."

What Flavor of Perfectionist Are You? It Matters!

 Perfectionism comes in at least two flavors: adaptive and maladaptive. The maladaptive flavor seems to have social roots. (Take the self-test at the end of the blog.)

Personality: A Risk and Resilience Factor for Procrastination

So what do we know about the major personality traits and procrastination?Not surprisingly, the answer varies from study to study, but the major themes are informative, at least a place to start.

Is Procrastination a Personality Problem? What is Personality?

Does personality matter?Is there a procrastination personality?What is personality?

Giving in to Feel Good: Why Self-regulation Fails

We give in to feel good. Give in to what? Food, shopping, drinking, smoking, gambling, and, you guessed it, procrastination.

A Limerick to Make You Smile (and Think)

 We think about the potential and limits of science differently. We even "do" science quite differently.