Procrastination Essential Reads

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?”

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on January 20, 2015 in Science and Sensibility
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 in Give and Take
The most exciting books coming out on psychology and work

Freedom from Emotional Storms

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on January 06, 2015 in Science and Sensibility
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.

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.

Can Circular Reasoning Make You Rich?

By Peter A. Ubel on June 17, 2014 in Scientocracy
Do you think circular reasoning or linear reasoning leads people to save more money?

9 Ways to Alleviate Your Memory Problems

In this week's post we're exploring more strategies for improving memory. These strategies will help with memory problems caused by brain injury due to disease or trauma, such as a stroke or Parkinson's Disease.

Can You Feel Two Emotions at Once?

Have you ever felt happy and sad at the same time? Or experienced an emotion as bittersweet? Or had feelings so mixed that you were compelled to vacillate between two courses of action—or reaction? If you can relate to any of these possibilities, this piece should help you better understand those times when you're feeling uncertain, confused, or ambivalent.

Pre-crastination: What Is It, You Ask?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 06, 2014 in Don't Delay
Is pre-crastination, like its namesake, “procrastination,” another example of a suboptimal choice? In a recent series of studies, researchers posed a simple question: "Would people naturally prefer to pick up an object that could be carried a short distance rather than an object that would have to be carried a long distance?" The answer will surprise you.

How to Overcome Chronic Lateness

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 20, 2014 in The Squeaky Wheel
Chronic lateness tends to be resistant to change. Here’s how to overcome it once and for all.


Psychologists can predict what kind of parents we'll be by how we talk about childhood. Parents who understand their own past are more capable of taking steps to foster the resilience needed while raising their own children.

If You Met All Your Goals Today, This Article Is Not for You

Smarter than SMART goals, this describes a research program to develop an online app that trains you how to make goals that have the maximum motivation and science theoretically allows.

The Role of Neuroplasticity in Pain: For Better or Worse

Most people are aware that neuroplasticity is the process by which our brains change. However, many people are not aware that the brain can learn pain. This type of pain is caused by neural pathways and the resulting pain is very real. It turns out that this process is surprisingly common. More importantly, it’s relatively simple to identify and often easy to treat.

Procrastination: Blame It On My Genes

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 25, 2014 in Don't Delay
A recent behavioral genetics study revealed that procrastination is moderately heritable, and that genetically it was not separable from impulsivity. Does this mean that impulsivity is the cause of procrastination? No, not at all. It’s all about goal-management ability.

Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 26, 2014 in Don't Delay
“I’ll feel more like it tomorrow.” How often have you said that? Present self doesn’t feel like it, but certainly future self will. Why do we do this? Is it true?

Procrastination: Why Mindfulness Is Crucial

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 12, 2014 in Don't Delay
In a recent paper, some colleagues wrote, “The connection between mindfulness and improved emotion regulation is certainly an intuitive one…” I agree. What seems less intuitive to many people is how these also connect to our procrastination. In fact, I think understanding this is the central thing we need to understand about procrastination.

Three Core Anxieties and How to Calm Them

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on December 19, 2013 in Science and Sensibility
If you had nine tested ways to overcome your most persistent anxieties, would you use them?