Essential Reads

Procrastination As A Virtue For Creativity, Why It's False

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 in Don't Delay
A recent Op-Ed in the New York Times outlined how procrastination is a virtue for creativity. The problem is the essay wasn’t about procrastination at all.

One Surefire Tip For Making Yourself Do What You Need to Do

By Nir Eyal on January 14, 2016 in Automatic You
New research reveals an effective way to get ourselves to do tough tasks.

Laziness and Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 13, 2016 in Don't Delay
"I am so lazy." What should we think of this?

Declutter NOW! How Prospect Theory Clutters Up Our Closets

Do you have trouble decluttering your home or office? We tend to over-value most items and it can be painful to let go of things we don't really need!

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Adult ADHD and Work: Turbo Charge Your Success

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Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions—Part 2

Unsure if you can keep your resolutions for 2016? Here's how to increase the likelihood that you'll stay on track and reach those goals.

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How to Make New Year's Resolutions that Stick

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New Year's Resolutions Lack Resolve

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 30, 2015 Don't Delay
I think there’s a certain irony with the notion of New Year’s resolutions. Typically, I hear people state vague goal intentions that lack any sort of resolve.

Why Is It So Darn Hard to Keep New Year’s Resolutions?

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on December 18, 2015 Motivate!
Motivation science reveals why keeping resolutions is so challenging and which evidence-based strategies can ensure you will reach your goals.

8 Reasons We Really Do Need to Make Resolutions

Are you the kind person who sets New Year's resolutions or the kind of person who makes fun of those who do?

Procrastination: The Grown-Up Way of Saying 'I Won’t!'

The winter season comes with a holiday blitz of stressors. Here's how to outsmart your inevitable procrastination over dieting.

Self-Help Or How to Live a More Meaningful Life?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 14, 2015 Don't Delay
Self-help books based on scientific evidence have been shown to be very effective, but should we focus so narrowly on a single issue like procrastination?

6 Reasons Why Procrastination Can Be Good For You

Is procrastination getting the best of you? Maybe it's trying to tell you something.

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

Procrastination, weight problems, and over-spending all depend on feeling special.

Need to Conquer Procrastination? Try Working Less.

Is your procrastination getting out of hand? The problem — and the solution — might be simpler than you think.

Good Study Habits to Keep Your Mind Sharp for a Lifetime

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 27, 2015 Open Gently
Study habits for kids work for adults, too.

How to Simplify Your Decision-Making by Using Rules of Thumb

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on October 26, 2015 In Practice
Using rules of thumb to guide your everyday decision-making can increase your productivity and preserve your willpower. Find out how to develop some easy rules that work for your life.

Why Wait? The Psychological Origins of Procrastination

We all procrastinate. New research in psychology provides clues as to why--and how to stop.

The Scary Truth About Procrastination

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 Motivate!
Sometimes finding out the root cause of our behaviors can be downright frightening. Beware the evil that lurks in the minds of the prospective procrastinator!

How 7 Simple Questions Can Get You Unstuck

How often do you feel your head teeming with great ideas about how to improve your productivity, your income, your work life, your health, your relationships, or your happiness? And how often do you find yourself stuck in the same place, doing nothing but making the same promises to yourself and repeating the same excuses? There is a way out of stuckness!

6 Habits-of-Avoidance That Undermine Your Passions

By Gregg Levoy on September 24, 2015 Passion!
Phase 1 of responding to our passions is resisting them. To undo these habits first requires identifying them. Here are half-a-dozen of the more common tactics for avoiding our passions and powers.

Crispness: A Little-Discussed Key to Career Success

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 18, 2015 How To Do Life
Unsuccessful people often lack focus and get sidetracked.

How to Get Things Done Sooner

Are you a chronic procrastinator with no hope of redemption? Think again!

5 Secrets to Do What You Don’t Want to Do

Do you know what is best for you, yet find it difficult to actually WANT to do what you need to do? Here are 5 secrets on how to get yourself to do what you need to do, in order to get what you most desire.

4 Ways to Stop Procrastination Before You Start

Why Time “Management” May Not Help Procrastinators. Understanding your individual relationship to time is critical. By Jane Burka, Ph.D. and Lenora Yuen, Ph.D.

Why Millennials Are so Stressed—and What to Do about It

By Caroline Beaton on September 05, 2015 The Gen-Y Guide
If you're in a quarter-life crisis, this could be why.

The Positive Side to the Personality of Procrastinators

By Garth Sundem on September 02, 2015 Brain Candy
Research is showing that procras­tination isn’t a defect in ability or personality but rather a disconnect between the demands of a task and what motivates the procrastinator.

My Father's Wisdom

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 Don't Delay
My father has always been a source of wisdom in my life. Most recently, he gave me some of the most important anti-procrastination advice I have ever heard.

Case Study: Why She is Unproductive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 30, 2015 How To Do Life
We unpeeled the onion. Lessons were unearthed.

The 3 Real Reasons We Procrastinate

Have you been procrastinating a little too much? Have been putting off your goals for a little too long? Most of us do, and here's why.

How to Work Around A Procrastination Habit

By Temma Ehrenfeld on August 18, 2015 Open Gently
Beat procrastination by spending time on tasks at the bottom of your list and move up.