Essential Reads

How To Manage ADHD Without Drugs

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Think Well
Here are seven nonmedical methods that help people with ADHD.

The Poison Tendrils of Negative Emotions

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Don't Delay
A recent research summary argues that negative emotions poison every aspect of successful self-regulation. Understanding this process is key to understanding procrastination.

Procrastination 101: It's Not About Feeling Like It

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in Don't Delay
I don’t feel like it. I don’t want to. I’ll feel more like it tomorrow. Have you had these thoughts? Ever heard your children say these things?

Why Is Procrastination Even a Thing?

Are you a chronic procrastinator? Here's one way to keep moving.

More Posts on Procrastination

The Case for Confrontation

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 17, 2016 in How To Do Life
Sometimes, a confrontation and refusal to back down is what's required.

Culpably Unwarranted Delay: Is There an App for That?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 15, 2016 in Don't Delay
Once it becomes clear that procrastination involves a mens rea (guilty mind), significant opportunities for intervention come into view.

Clear Thinking About Decluttering: 8 Insights

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Like diet books, books about how to clean out our clutter are always popular. What's the fascination, and why can't we "just do it" once and for all?
DeclanTM, flickr

Struggling With Tasks That You Don’t Want to Do?

By Gretchen Rubin on July 01, 2016 in The Happiness Project
The chore that feels onerous today may give you a huge boost of satisfaction tomorrow, when it’s behind you.

5 Proven Ways to Beat Temptation and Boost Your Willpower

Self-control is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Making an early decision to change your environment takes less effort and is likely to be more successful than using willpower
Caroline Beaton

Gen Y Overwhelm: 4 Steps to Simplify Your Priorities

By Caroline Beaton on June 20, 2016 in The Gen-Y Guide
Everyone knows that prioritizing is the solution to time management, moving forward and finding fulfillment. But what’s the solution to prioritizing?

The 5 Most Common Reasons We Procrastinate

The path of least resistance isn't always the best path to take.

7 Tips from Elder Creatives on the Joy of Working

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 12, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Worried you'll someday lose your passion and your ability to come up with fresh ideas for your creative work? Twenty still-working over-80s tell how they do it.

Cries for Help to My Radio Program

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 15, 2016 in How To Do Life
A 47-year-old artist needs to change careers. Plus a procrastinating journalist.

Top 10 Ways to Gain Willpower

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 14, 2016 in How To Do Life
A buffet of tactics.

7 Strategies for Becoming More Productive

Whatever your aims, you can use these fresh, practical exercises and insights to work smarter, faster, and with less stress.

The Peter Pan Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 13, 2016 in How To Do Life
Why smart people fail.

The Secret Reason Certain People Are Always Late

Why am I always late? Chronic lateness may be about power. By Julie Jarett Marcuse, Ph.D.

Do You Know How to Be Motivated?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
A self-assessment inventory.

Ridding Happiness Contaminants 7: Procrastination

Procrastination is the culprit of many problems and frustrations. Learn the reasons why many of us procrastinate and elegant strategies to overcome it.

Tax Time Drama and Relief

By Kate Levinson Ph.D. on April 12, 2016 in Emotional Currency
Money is full of drama. But tax season is a collective drama—trauma, for some—where we are all simultaneously taking an accounting of money in our lives.

The Original Myth

By Piers Steel Ph.D. on April 08, 2016 in The Procrastination Equation
Does procrastination improve creativity? A new take on an old idea.

Mindful Emotion Regulation

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 01, 2016 in Don't Delay
Mindfulness-based therapies are very popular, and all have a common goal – adaptive emotion regulation. As such, they are a key route to reducing procrastination.

Shoot for Now, Ask Questions Later

By Piers Steel Ph.D. on March 31, 2016 in The Procrastination Equation
Deadline gorillas. They chase us to get that assignment done or to fill in tax returns. Zap'em dead with hyperbolic discounting.

When Should the Chronically Ill See a Doctor? Here's a Guide

I hope these guidelines are helpful. If you’re in doubt as to whether what’s happening warrants a trip to the doctor, err on the side of caution and make that trip.

The Balloon

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 11, 2016 in How To Do Life
A short-story story about a procrastinating, overweight midlifer

Is My Penis Small? Is My Vagina Large?

Internet search statistics show that we aren't who we think we are.

Procrastination: I Can Get by With Help From My Friends

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on February 29, 2016 in People Skills
Do you have so much on your plate that you sometimes freeze and get nothing done? This blogger had to find a way back to work.

"I'm Young Yet"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 24, 2016 in How To Do Life
A transcript of part of a career counseling session

An Attempt to Help a Procrastinator

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 18, 2016 in How To Do Life
A dialogue between a procrastinating client and me, his career coach.

Is Your Dedication Keeping You Stuck?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on February 16, 2016 in Wander Woman
Do you have a dream calling you but you can’t choose it now because those around you will suffer? You might be using your dedication as an excuse to stay stuck.

The Importance of Finishing What You Start

By Gregory Ciotti on February 14, 2016 in Habits, Not Hacks
If you don't ship, you'll never know.

The Procrastinator

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 13, 2016 in How To Do Life
A short-short story based on my procrastinating clients.

This Is How You Can Finally Get Something Done

By David D. Nowell Ph.D. on February 06, 2016 in Intrinsic Motivation and Magical Unicorns
When you’re doing 8 or 9 things at once you’re a certain kind of powerful, but when you do just one thing for a focused period of time, you’re incredibly powerful.

7 Ways Productive People Stay Focused

A few simple changes can help you get more done in less time.