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Dr. Timothy A. Pychyl, associate professor of psychology and director of the Procrastination Research Group (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada), provides a series of short talks, interviews and question/answer podcasts that explain why we procrastinate and what we can do about it. An award winning educator, Dr. Pychyl challenges his listeners to explore their daily choices to act or postpone acting on their intentions. Do we head to the gym as intended, or slouch back on the couch thinking "I'll feel more like a workout tomorrow"? Do we tackle the task now, or do we avoid it arguing to ourselves that "I work better under pressure"? From losing 10 pounds to changing personal habits, Pychyl, a personality psychologist, focuses on the breakdown of intentional action - a problem commonly called procrastination. This series expands on three main themes: 1) irrational delay that sabotages personal productivity, 2) personality attributes that contribute to self-defeating behaviours, and 3) situational factors that undermine our ability to take or sustain action. Drawing on the research literature, topics include: self-handicapping, anxiety, self-regulation, perfectionism, will power, coping styles, effects on health and well-being, impulsivity, temporal discounting, motivation and even purpose in life. Of course, Dr. Pychyl doesn’t leave his listeners with the problem itself. Once these key factors have been established, he turns his attention to techniques that facilitate self change, habit-breaking implementation intentions, as well as strategies that help each of us to “carpe diem!� The emphasis is on self-understanding, practical advice and tools for change. We guarantee that you will find this an engaging series of podcasts that will provide you with tactics to increase personal productivity and well-being.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8, 38 Ratings

Dr. Timothy A. Pychyl, associate professor of psychology and director of the Procrastination Research Group (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada), provides a series of short talks, interviews and question/answer podcasts that explain why we procrastinate and what we can do about it. An award winning educator, Dr. Pychyl challenges his listeners to explore their daily choices to act or postpone acting on their intentions. Do we head to the gym as intended, or slouch back on the couch thinking "I'll feel more like a workout tomorrow"? Do we tackle the task now, or do we avoid it arguing to ourselves that "I work better under pressure"? From losing 10 pounds to changing personal habits, Pychyl, a personality psychologist, focuses on the breakdown of intentional action - a problem commonly called procrastination. This series expands on three main themes: 1) irrational delay that sabotages personal productivity, 2) personality attributes that contribute to self-defeating behaviours, and 3) situational factors that undermine our ability to take or sustain action. Drawing on the research literature, topics include: self-handicapping, anxiety, self-regulation, perfectionism, will power, coping styles, effects on health and well-being, impulsivity, temporal discounting, motivation and even purpose in life. Of course, Dr. Pychyl doesn’t leave his listeners with the problem itself. Once these key factors have been established, he turns his attention to techniques that facilitate self change, habit-breaking implementation intentions, as well as strategies that help each of us to “carpe diem!� The emphasis is on self-understanding, practical advice and tools for change. We guarantee that you will find this an engaging series of podcasts that will provide you with tactics to increase personal productivity and well-being.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

ZackSmyth ,

If you're going to procrastinate...

then you might as well be listening to this extremely useful evidence-based intervention that can help you get started. Also check out his fantastic book: Solving the Procrastination Puzzle!

Casey_JL ,

Best advice on the planet

I’ve been trying to stop procrastinating for ever. Every year of my academic life, I would say ‘this is the year I stop procrastinating.’ The advice in these podcasts and in Tim’s book really have helped me to understand myself and finally end my procrastination habit … too bad it didn’t happen until my 9th and final year of University. The irony is rather funny.

Lanni B ,

Wish we were taught these principles in school

I have struggled with extreme procrastination since I can remember. Teachers, mentors and peers have tried to help me, but resort of familiar tips such as "just do it" or "turn off your distractions". Tim explains that the root of procrastination is actually emotional, and these common tips do not suffice. He helps you recognize that procrastination is an emotion-based coping mechanism that you use to avoid negative feelings (fear, boredom, doubt, overwhelm) and there are *concrete strategies* that you to get a hold of your life again. These strategies aren't just about "getting things done" (list-making, scheduling, tracking progress) but about emotional intelligence, and I think this is the key value-added here. I think it's tragic that we aren't taught these strategies in public school - students who procrastinate are assumed to be lazy or inept. Procrastination creates real problems later in life - trust me, I have an autoimmune illness to prove it! If you are a chronic procrastinator like me and essentially addicted to procrastination, you should listen. Thanks Tim!

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