I don't feel like it! I don't want to!
Some reflections on what to do when you don't feel like doing what you know you should be doing. Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com
8 Jan 2016
20 Tips to Reduce Procrastination
Let's start the new year right with 20 tips to help us reduce procrastination. In this interview with Angela Baker (Massey University, New Zealand), we walk through a list together discussing these 20 key strategies. Angela comments on each in relation to some of her work as a counselor, and I discuss many in relation to research. It was a delightful interview that crossed the world (a Wednesday afternoon for me and Thursday morning for Angela!). I think that this will be a podcast that you might listen to more than once if you're struggling with procrastination, particularly academic procrastination. These strategies can make a difference. If you want to learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle. I close the podcast with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger.
17 Jan 2013
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
An interview with the psychologist Dr. Frédérick Dionne about Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Frédérick references the following website for more information: Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com
2 Mar 2016
Unnecessary illusions and the truth about procrastination
Illusions abound about procrastination. This week, I consider 10 of the most common illusions, explaining why we might think these things, but what research reveals as the "truth" of the matter. This episode of the podcast is a version of a talk that I gave recently to students and faculty at Fanshawe College, London, Ontario. I close the podcast with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger. I think I've found a new theme song for this podcast! Let me know what you think at email@example.com. To learn more, visit procrastination.ca or pick up a copy (paper or ebook) of: The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.
29 Sep 2011
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Personality and Procrastination Part 2: The Five Factor Model of Traits predicts procrastination
In this podcast, we extend the "colour wheel" metaphor with the Five Factor Model of personality ("the big five") and briefly summarize some key relations of the major personality traits with procrastination.
7 Feb 2006
Self-Control Strategies: Change the motivational strength of goals and temptations
Strengthening our motivation towards our goals while weakening our motivation towards temptations is important to successful goal pursuit. In this podcast, I summarize strategies that help us make a precommitment to change the choice situation and change the psychological meaing of our choice options. It's not as complicated as it sounds, and the strategies are discussed in relation to practical examples from everyday life. To learn more, visit procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.
2 Dec 2010
Anxiety and procrastination: An interview with Dr. Bill Knaus
This week, the focus is on a topic that many listeners have asked to learn more about - anxiety. Dr. Bill Knaus brings his clinical insights to this discussion. Dr. Knaus presents a case study, explains various types of anxiety, relates anxiety to perfectionism (and other types of irrational thoughts), and summarizes strategies for change. If you want to learn more about Dr. Knaus' work, check out his latest book End Procrastination Now. As well, The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A step by step program. (Knaus, W, New Harbinger, 2008) gives readers psychological tools for following through on addressing their parasitic anxieties and fears. It has a chapter on the procrastination anxiety connection. You can learn more about our research group at procrastination.ca
8 Feb 2010
Time Management and procrastination: How not to carpe diem!
This week, we consider how even apparently good intentions like making a schedule can contribute to procrastination. We focus this dicussion on a new cartoon strip, "Carpe Diem," that you can find at www.procrastination.ca
1 Mar 2006
Fear of Failure
This week, we review a recent study on fear of failure and procrastination. Mohsen Haghbin, a senior doctoral student in our research group, explains research that he helped Adam McCaffrey complete as his honours thesis (and which Adam presented this past spring at the Canadian Psychological Association conference). Their study shows that our sense of competence and autonomy are important to consider, as these basic human needs affect the relation between fear of failure and procrastination. This is an interesting and important study that brings together research issues and clinical insights to help us understand when fear of failure may be related to procrastination and when it may actually foster action to avoid potential negative outcomes. To learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca.
27 Aug 2010
Self-control strategies: Triggers, chutes, ladders and other ways to scaffold our success
In this fascinating interview, Dr. Joel Anderson (Utrecht University, The Netherlands, and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences) explains the notion of distributed willpower. Successful people arrange thier lives in such a way as to economize on willpower and to scaffold their willpower strategicially with environmental support. Willpower is not simply an issue of self-control located solely within the person! Professor Anderson explains how important the social context is to understanding human autonomy, and, most importantly for listeners of this podcast, he provides a number of concrete strategies to strengthen our willpower to overcome procrastination. This is a great interview. I know you'll learn a great deal from this talented philosopher and gifted teacher. If you want to learn more about procrastination, see procrastination.ca.
22 Jan 2011
Implementation Intentions: A key strategy for successful goal pursuit
When I'm asked for strategies for more successful goal pursuit, I usually begin with the notion of implementation intentions. In this podcast, I explain the difference between goal intentions and implementation intentions, with a particular focus on the what, why and when of implementation intentions. This explanation is followed by a summary and discussion of two recent studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of implementation intentions. I know each of us can make use of implementation intentions in our day-to-day lives. I hope you enjoy this introduction to the concept and its function.You can learn more at procrastination.ca or at this blog entry at Psychology Today.
24 Aug 2009
Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination Part I: Dealing with Avoidance
This is the first in a three-part podcast where we begin to discuss strategies for overcoming procrastination. The content is based on a research paper published by Wendelein Van Eerde in the journal, Applied Psychology: An International Review (see www. procrastination.ca and the podcast link for reference details). In this podcast, we explore 3 strategies for overcoming avoidance with specific examples related to academic procrastination.
22 May 2006
Mindfulness, emotion-regulation and procrastination
Dr. Fuschia Sirois (Bishops University) joined me to discuss one of her recent studies entitled, "Lost in the Moment: An Investigation of Procrastination, Mindfulness and Well-being." This was a fascinating discussion of how we often focus on short-term mood repair instead of our intended goal pursuit, and how mindfulness may help us cope more effectively with the discomfort we feel when faced with an aversive task. To learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca.
4 Feb 2011
Self-regulation: Goal setting & attention (tips to reduce procrastination)
In order to understand procrastination, a form of self-regulation failure, we need to consider successful self-regulation. This podcast provides a beginning to this discussion. I review two key elements in successful self-regulation: goal setting and paying attention to the goal we set. This discussion includes tips to more effective goal setting as well as some thoughts on why attention plays such an important role in self-regulation. If you get interested in attention in self-regulation, you might also want to review the previous podcast on Mindfulness Meditation and Procrastination (October 27, 2007).
3 Aug 2009
Key strategies to procrastinate less
Looking for an overview of how to stop procrastinating? Got an hour? In this podcast, Dr. Pychyl walks through the major factors related to our procrastination as well as strategies to overcome issues such as lack of commitment, defeatist attitude, weak intentions, distractions and low energy. It's a good podcast to end 2012, as we look ahead to the resolutions we'll make for the new year! If you want to learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle. I close the podcast with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger.
6 Dec 2012
Self-Regulation in Instant Messaging
My title for the podcast today is taken from a recent study published in the International Journal of e-Collaboration by Dr. Anabel Quan-Haase of the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada). Her focus is on how students use instant messaging for their social networking and how, as she writes, "instant messaging is disruptive and multitasking can lead to losses in productivity." Anabel's research revealed that students use a number of different techniques to self-regulate their use of these technologies including preventive and recuperative approaches such as ignoring incoming messages, denying access and digital/physical removal. This is an interesting and far-ranging conversation about some of the promise and peril of instant messaging. To learn more about procrastination and self-regulation see procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.
27 May 2011
Irrational thoughts and the power of reason
Clinical psychologist Dr. Bill Knaus and philosopher Dr. Elliot Cohen explain how we can more effectively deal with the irrational thinking that defines procrastination. Dr. Cohen is a founder of philosophical counseling in the U.S., and Dr. Knaus is one of the original directors of post-doctoral training in rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT). Together, these counseling experts provide an important perspective on how to reduce procrastination and worry in our lives. To learn more about procrastination, see procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.
22 Feb 2011
Strengthening goal intentions
Tips and techniques are never enough. What we often need to do to enhance goal pursuit success is to ensure that our goals matter to us. If we don't value a goal, if we don't have a strong commitment to a goal, we're unlikely to pursue it. Today, I discuss an approach to strengthening goal intentions, and, in doing this, I comment on how we can falsely internalize goals that may in fact lead to procrastination.
15 Feb 2010
The Positive Side of Planning: Why a time management approach might work
Although I argued in the last podcast that procrastinators are not "broken" and that buying a daytimer or creating a schedule isn't a magic solution to procrastination, a time management approach can be beneficial. In this podcast we consider research that explains how this might work. (Check out www.procrastination.ca for the Carpe Diem cartoon feature for March.)
14 Mar 2006
The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done
A short podcast this week about a new book, The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done (by Dr. Monica Rameriz Basco, The Guildford Press). I explain how it may be useful as a guide to a cognitive-behavioral approach. I also review one of my points of disagreement with the focus on "types" of procrastinators.To learn more about procrastination, see our research group at procrastination.ca.
3 May 2010