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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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    • 4.5 • 36 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.

    Academic procrastination and graduate school

    Academic procrastination and graduate school

    A grad student reflects on his thesis procrastination and how he overcame it.

    • 51 min
    ADHD , Executive Functions & Procrastination: An interesting new study

    ADHD , Executive Functions & Procrastination: An interesting new study

    An interview with Scott Taylor who completed his undergraduate honours thesis at Carleton University. Scott studied the relations between ADHD, Executive Function and procrastination. His research is the most recent and the most rigorous study in the area. Scott explains his research and the findings, but perhaps more importantly he reflects on personal experiences that may help listeners think through the challenges of ADHD and the potential for change.
    In this episode, I referenced the work of Russell Barkley and his book, "Executive Functions: What they are, how they work and why they evolved"
    To learn more about procrastination and our research, see procrastination.ca
    The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com

    • 49 min
    Ending the Procrastination Habit

    Ending the Procrastination Habit

    An interview with a first-year college student who went from procrastinator in high school to a productive, A+ student in college. Listen to how this happened.

    • 51 min
    Perfectionistic Concerns, Perfectionistic Strivings: There's an important difference

    Perfectionistic Concerns, Perfectionistic Strivings: There's an important difference

    An interview with Dr. Fuschia Sirois (University of Sheffield) about her recently published meta-analysis relating perfectionism to procrastination. Fuschia sets the record straight by summarizing the research literature which shows how perfectionism relates to procrastination.
    Reference
    Sirois, F.M., Molnar, D.S., & Hirsch, J.K. (2017). A meta-analytic and conceptual update on the associations between procrastination and multidimensional perfectionism. European Journal of Personality DOI: 10.1002/per.2098
    If you're interested in this topic, you may want to listen to two previous podcasts with Dr. Gordon Flett (York University) on perfectionism and procrastination (Part 1 & Part 2).
    To learn more about procrastination and our research, see procrastination.ca
    The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com

    • 48 min
    Waiting for the Right Place and Right Time

    Waiting for the Right Place and Right Time

    An interview with Shane Littrell of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga about his procrastination research. Shane helps us understand the complex interplay of person and situation that influence our procrastination.
    To learn more, see procrastination.ca
    The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    "Facebocrastination?" - Procrastination and Facebook

    "Facebocrastination?" - Procrastination and Facebook

    An interview with Adrian Meier (Department of Communications, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany) about the predictors of using Facebook for procrastination and its effects on students' well-being.
    Here's a blog post on this topic, and below that is the reference to the published study.
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dont-delay/201608/facebocrastination-new-research-the-perils-facebook
    Research reference:
    Meier, A., Reinecke, L., & C.E. Meltzer (2016). “Facebocrastination”? Predictors of using Facebook for procrastination and its effects on students’ well-being. Computers in Human Behavior, 64, 65-76.
    Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca
    The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

AikiGirl ,

The best

I have read a number of books & listened to some podcasts on this subject, but in my opinion these are the best that I have found so far. The mixture of research details & real life examples make it interesting & useful, whilst being easy to listen to whilst I do household chores (I like that I’m getting stuff done at the same time!). I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone that suffers from perfectionism or procrastination. I only started to listen recently, but I have found that they are already helping me to change some bad habits & to reconsider how I look at how I choose to spend my time. Thank you very much, Dr Pychyl :)

Ron Turford ,

A marvellous podcast

Gentle, insightful, and very helpful. Thanks for this podcast, Tim.

JoJo Findhorn ,

Already Hooked

One podcast in, and I think I may have wasted all that time and money on self help books. Here is the direct research, straight from the horses mouth, and not filtered by some productivity Guru.

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