Essential Reads

Media Use, Escapism and Procrastination

Is media-enabled escapism the same as procrastination?

Why We’re Reluctant to Get Specific

Specificity aversion may contribute to second-order procrastination

The Procrastination Fallacy of Working Better Under Pressure

Do you wait until you are nearly out of time before you start?

Recent Posts on Procrastination

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.

Media Use, Escapism and Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on August 21, 2015 Don't Delay
We use media for many purposes including information, entertainment, social interaction and to escape the stresses of daily life. A recent study by a German colleague answers the question: “Is this escapism the same as procrastination?”

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.

Do You Want More or Less Control of Your Life?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 18, 2015 How To Do Life
Some people want more control, others are exhausted by it.

The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

You learned the habits of highly effective people. But are some of your habits making you ineffective?

How to Start Breaking Your Worst Habit Today

Twelve techniques (maybe more) for breaking problem habits including one you’ve never tried before.

Why We’re Reluctant to Get Specific

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on August 12, 2015 Don't Delay
Do you ever put off doing the thing that would decrease your procrastination? An aversion to planning or adequately specifying what you need to do may be the problem.

The Courage to Be Shaken Up

By Gregg Levoy on August 05, 2015 Passion!
On the path to a passionate life, fear that's not faced will lodge itself between your intentions and your achievements. Here's how to work with it.

The Procrastination Fallacy of Working Better Under Pressure

Are you tired of feeling pressured and rushed? Try a simple two-step solution.

Addressing Your "Laziness"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 30, 2015 How To Do Life
Ostensible laziness can be caused by any of five factors, each with its own cure.

Seven Reasons Why Your Financial Life Creates Anxiety

While there are some who breathe the rarified air of having their financial lives totally together, most people struggle. Your degree of struggle might range from small—not being sufficiently organized—to complete and utter meltdown.

The Missing Link in Personal Growth

By Gregg Levoy on July 20, 2015 Passion!
Real passion has real staying power. It's not just about exuberance, but stamina. Here's an inside look at the precious commodity of patience, and the role it plays in our unfoldment.

The Secret Reason So Many of Us Procrastinate

There’s no way of telling just how common this form of procrastination is. But given the phenomenon of psychological reactance, it’s safe to say that at some point you’ve probably been guilty of it yourself. That is, of delaying something which not only would be good for you to do but which you actually want to do. . . .

Living in the Candy Store

Taking responsibility for yourself sometimes means taking responsibility for the world you live in. Change where you are and change who you are. The latest generation of technological assists do that exactly that, helping you march to your own tune and do the work you think is important.

How to Finish What You Start

Practically everybody has started something that they've put off finishing. What's your main unfinished task? Can you use extra help?

Procrastination 101: Determine the Source, Solve the Problem

Procrastination has many sources and determining your own goes a long way in putting procrastination to rest. Some of the common causes and their antidotes.

The Art of Idleness

By Neel Burton M.D. on June 25, 2015 Hide and Seek
Research suggests that people will find any excuse to keep busy.

9 Reasons You Procrastinate (and 9 Ways to Stop)

Researchers tend to agree that the reason any particular individual procrastinates can vary. The best cure is usually to respond to whatever reason might be specific for you.