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How to Finish What You Start

The art of doing what you set out to do

The Art of Idleness

Research suggests that people will find any excuse to keep busy.

9 Reasons You Procrastinate (and 9 Ways to Stop)

Expert advice on a range of reasons we fail to get things done.

Addicted to Our Screens, or Merely Obsessed?

Digital distractions collide with the brain’s fundamental attention limits

Recent Posts on Procrastination

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.

Self-Deception Has Many Faces

Procrastination is a stealth form of self-deception

The Causes of Laziness

By Neel Burton M.D. on May 06, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Understanding the causes of our sloth can help us to overcome it.

What's the Difference Between Procrastination and Laziness?

By Neel Burton M.D. on May 05, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Are you a procrastinator or just a lazybones?

Three Strong Steps To Combat Anxiety And Insecurity

Do you feel tangled up in anxiety and insecurity? Learn a simple technique to break free.

4 Ways to Toss Things With No Regrets

Clutter can paralyze and terrorize, to the point where you give up and resign yourself to living with its oppressive, stressful presence. Here are some simple strategies to get rid of existing clutter and change the habits that create it in the first place.

A Workover: 60-Year Old Hasn't Worked in Ten Years

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
How I advised a caller who needs and wants to go back to work.

8 Myths About Creativity

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 25, 2015 in Creating in Flow
Admit it: we all have more than enough excuses and rationalizations for why we aren't doing the creative work we claim to value. Could creative myths be contributing to your procrastination?

11 Ways to Reduce Your Procrastination

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 22, 2015 in How To Do Life
Here is a buffet of tactics that can keep that career killer under control.

5 Ways to Stop Anxiety Before It Stops You

Are anxiety and excessive caution getting in your way and stopping you from living a more meaningful and fulfilling life. Avoidance feeds on itself and makes you less confident, while getting started and taking action creates a positive cycle that naturally helps your anxiety go down. Learn five effective ways to get a handle on anxiety so you can move forward.

What Causes You Inner Turmoil?

Being in heated conflict not with others but with yourself can—let’s face it—be agonizing. To be split down the middle, to endlessly waver between two (and sometimes more) options, can at its worst be almost unimaginably distressing. Obsessive to an extreme, it can lead to a paralysis of will (not to mention, much lost sleep). . . .

How to Write an Hour Speech in 48 Hours

If you have to give a speech, like most people you procrastinate. Now, it's 48 hours before you have to talk. No worries, because here are six easy steps to writing a great speech in a pinch. Learn them and you will be a hit!

Dragging Dead Bodies

Dragging around the dead bodies at work sure can wear you out! Here is some good advice.

Understanding the Deception of Passive Aggressive People

Passive aggression is a form of anger, except the anger is expressed with a smile instead of the typical expressions. Learn how to communicate with and understand these types of people.

8 Tips for Finally Conquering Procrastination

Techniques to Manage Your Procrastination: Part II. 8 tips sure to work if you don’t put off using them. Part I of this post is Procrastination: Why You Do It. By Jane Burka, Ph.D. and Lenora Yuen, Ph,D.

Why We Procrastinate at Bedtime

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on March 23, 2015 in Tracking Wonder
No external boss means we must self-monitor sleep habits.

SXSW: How to Make it in Showbiz

Are you a struggling comic, writer, or filmmaker? Well, good news coming your way: there is hope! (But, maybe don’t quit your day job just yet). Celebrity keynoters at last week’s South by Southwest Conference (SxSW) in Austin, which included mega-stars had some great advice...

Procrastination Part I: Why You Do It

Procrastination: Why You Do It; What To Do About It. Procrastination is often used to manage struggles with self-esteem. By Jane Burka Ph.D. and Lenora Yuen, Ph.D.