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

The Positive Side to the Personality of Procrastinators

By Garth Sundem on September 02, 2015 in 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 in 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 in How To Do Life
We unpeeled the onion. Lessons were unearthed.

Still Procrastinating? Here's Why!

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 in 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 in 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 in 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

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on August 12, 2015 in Science and Sensibility
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 in 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 in 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

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on August 01, 2015 in Science and Sensibility
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 in 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

By Michael F. Kay on July 23, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
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 in 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 in Hide and Seek
Research suggests that people will find any excuse to keep busy.

9 Reasons You Procrastinate (and 9 Ways to Stop)

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on June 16, 2015 in Fearless You
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.

Transition to Where?

Getting stuck in making a transition in your life?

Addicted to Our Screens, or Merely Obsessed?

Digital Distractions and addiction to mediated images are imbecilizing America’s youth. The energy cost to our still Stone–Age brains explains how and why. Scientists debate whether we are addicted to our devices. What no one disputes is that our attention spans have gone to hell.

Overcome Self-Doubts And Fulfill Your Life

Can a no-failure approach to defeating self doubts be used to build self-confidence? Try a unique experiment and see if this helps.

Freedom From Self-Doubts, Anxiety, And Procrastination

Self-doubts, anxiety, and procrastination commonly occur together and each adds to the misery of the other. There is a way to exit this triple trouble pattern.

The Secret Reason We Procrastinate

If you struggle to get things done, research shows how changing the way you think about time could skyrocket your productivity.

The Procrastination Prescription

Why do we put things off, even when they're important? How do we overcome our own resistance? When your plate is full and you've got the "I shouldn't be online right now" blues, try these 6 strategies to get things done ... or not.

Anxiety and Self-Doubt: Perfect Recipe for Underachievement

So many of us are afflicted with negative, left-over-from-childhood, programming that keep us from reaching our full potential. In my many years as a psychologist, the two self-defeating inscriptions I’ve encountered most are “I’m not good enough” and “I can’t succeed” (or “will fail”). And there are many other self-defeating beliefs that hold us back. . . .

How to Organize Your Financial Life

Tax time is over and you swear it won’t be like this again.

A Grab Bag of Wisdom to Help You Enter Flow

You know those times when you aren't in the mood to write, but you want to get in the mood? Read some of these honest and insightful quotes from good writers to help ease your own transition into the headiness of a creative flow state.