Procrastination Essential Reads

5 Subtle Signs of Passive-Aggressive Behavior

Because passive-aggressive behavior is implicit or indirect, it can be hard to spot. Here are five ways to know if you're dealing with a passive-aggressive person.

12 Ways to Beat Procrastination

Recognizing the role of boredom or unhappiness in your procrastination habits is perhaps one of the most important ways to stop yourself from putting off the inevitable.

Beat Procrastination in 3 Steps

By Joel Minden, PhD on November 07, 2016 in CBT and Me
Are you a procrastination expert? Use behavioral strategies to get things done.

Remembering Under Pressure

People often justify procrastination by claiming that they "work better under pressure." New research indicates that, in some kinds of tasks, there may be some truth to that claim.

This Is Why Some People Are Always Late

If you’re always late, the culprit may be your internal clock. These tips, based on new time-estimation research, will help you be on time.

Big Data Is Nudging You

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on August 30, 2016 in Consumed
Slow to hit the purchase button? Here’s how you may be nudged to buy.

Facebocrastination: New Research on the Perils of Facebook

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Don't Delay
A new study in the journal Computers in Human Behavior underscores the self-control challenges of social media. Learn about the effect of students' Facebook habit on well-being.

This Is the Secret to Getting Anything Done

By Art Markman Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
We've all had the experience of intending to do something and then forgetting when the time comes to do it. This happens because you are not reminded to perform the action.

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.

The Curse of Apathy: Sources and Solutions

What causes the feeling of non-feeling?

Strength Versus Structure

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 26, 2016 in Don't Delay
Strength is important. We may even say it’s essential, but it’s not sufficient. It’s structure and routine that will save us when the going gets tough.

7 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Day

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 31, 2016 in In Practice
Your productivity is more than just ticking things off your to-do list.

I Was Just Thinking In My Head

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 21, 2016 in Don't Delay
“I was just thinking in my head.” Have you heard anyone say that? I have, quite often. Not limiting ourselves to our own heads can help reduce procrastination.

How Productive Are You, Really?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 19, 2016 in How To Do Life
A self-assessment inventory to help you decide if you want to be more or less productive at work and outside of work.

Read This Now: A Fun Look at Procrastination

Why not take a lighthearted look at procrastination: why we do it and how to deal with it? There are probably some helpful hints in here, but it's all said in fun.

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

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

This Is How to Make Yourself Do What You Need to Do

By Nir Eyal on January 14, 2016 in 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 in 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 in 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 in 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 in 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

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on December 25, 2015 in The Fallible Mind
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 in 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 in 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

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on October 31, 2015 in Science and Sensibility
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 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?”