Procrastination Essential Reads

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

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 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 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 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!

"I'll Do It Later" – Children's Academic Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 12, 2016 Don't Delay
Procrastination starts early in life and often centers around homework. Research highlights the role of motivation.

Academic Procrastination And Academic Achievement

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 05, 2016 Don't Delay
We can all probably recall a time when we procrastinated but still managed to "pull it off." We may even know a high-achieving procrastinator. Memorable, but not typical.

Fear and Shame on New Year's Day

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 01, 2016 Don't Delay
The Roman god Janus, for whom January is named, had two faces. One looked back to the past; the other looked forward. As we do this today, let's talk about how this makes us feel.

Selfies Kill More People Than Sharks Do

How did the need to show off on social media come to trump common sense for sensing danger and one's instinct for self-preservation?

Social Media, the Network Effect and Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 07, 2015 Don't Delay
There’s an army of growth hackers working in the tech industry to hook you deeply into social media. Their job is to break down your self-regulation. The result? Procrastination.

Procrastination, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 Don't Delay
Personality traits can confer risk. This recent study documents how procrastination is a factor for poor adjustment to and management of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

On Stress, Anxiety, and Procrastination

Are you tired of feeling drained by anxiety and stress? Use calming solutions to bring about meaningful changes.

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?”

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 Procrastination Fallacy of Working Better Under Pressure

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

Self-Deception Has Many Faces

Procrastination is a stealth form of self-deception

Adolescent Self-Management for a Successful Independence

A major goal of parenting high school age adolescents is helping them develop basic skills of self-management that will support more independence soon to come.

Perfectionism Is Self-Deception

Perfectionism is a nasty perception problem

Four Steps to a Calmer, Confident, Creative, Capable You

Try a new way to feel serene, procrastinate less, and enjoy life more.

The 15 New Books to Read in 2015

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 Give and Take
The most exciting books coming out on psychology and work

Freedom from Emotional Storms

If you have more than your share of emotional crises, let’s look at how to avoid them.

Three Powerful Words to Overcome Your Procrastination

Try this simple, yet highly empowering approach to beat your procrastination tendencies. It changed my life for the better and can change yours, too.

Why We're All Overwhelmed Today

Prolonged and repetitive exposure to devices changes our behavior and even the way we think. The result is counterproductive interruptions and flitting from one task to another. Attention is like a spotlight: what lies outside it is in our cognitive blind spot.

Adolescent Boredom

Parents should be sensitive to adolescent boredom because it can become a staging area for impulsive decision making that can lead to a lot of trouble.

5 Steps to Taming Perfectionism

Perfectionism: friend or foe? The promise and perils of unrealistic aspirations.