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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.

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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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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Episodes

Academic Procrastination: A Graduate Student's Story

12/19/2018
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An interview with Mr. Bhavin Prajapati who discusses "getting stuck" with his M.A. thesis and the journey he took to both understand why he was procrastinating and what to do about it. You might be interested in reading a post that Bhavin wrote that summarizes at least part of this journey. 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

Duration:00:51:01

ADHD , Executive Functions & Procrastination: An interesting new study

6/20/2018
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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...

Duration:00:49:06

Ending the Procrastination Habit

11/7/2017
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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. 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

Duration:00:51:09

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

3/31/2017
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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:...

Duration:00:48:18

Waiting for the Right Place and Right Time

2/1/2017
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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

Duration:01:04:49

"Facebocrastination?" - Procrastination and Facebook

8/17/2016
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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)....

Duration:00:59:07

Active Procrastination: Clarifying the Concept

7/14/2016
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A chat with Shamarukh Chowdhury about her research on active procrastination. Together, we clarify the concept of procrastination and do a little "myth busting" around the concept of active procrastination; a concept that we call an oxymoron that may be better understood as two types of delay - it's not "procrastination" at all. Here's an earlier blog post on this topic, and below that are references to the original...

Duration:00:45:56

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

3/2/2016
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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

Duration:00:53:33

I don't feel like it! I don't want to!

1/8/2016
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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

Duration:00:40:59

Not All Delay is Procrastination

9/10/2015
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An interview with Mohsen Haghbin about his doctoral research that defined six types of delay, only two of which are procrastination. This is an important new series of studies that help us conceptualize delay in our lives. Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com

Duration:01:15:12

Procrastination and Media Use as Escapism

8/19/2015
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An interview with Sarah Kohler (University of Muenster, Germany) on media use, escapism and procrastination. Sarah presents the results of one of her studies and explains how media provides escape in our lives. She argues that some of this escape, but not all, may be considered procrastination. Given the ubiquity of media in our lives, this is an important topic to consider. Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt...

Duration:01:09:04

Imagine your future self

6/17/2015
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An interview with Eve-Marie Blouin-Hudon (Carleton University) about her research on how imagining future self through guided meditation can decrease procrastination. Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com

Duration:01:04:21

Procrastinators can still get to heaven

5/20/2015
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An interview with Dr. Clarry Lay (Emeritus, York University) author of Procrastinators (and Others) Can Still Get to Heaven: A Guide to Directed Everyday Living. We discuss the importance of goals, identifying prescribed behaviors to meet these goals and the centrality of our obligation to the scheduling of these behaviors in order to fulfill our potential. Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out...

Duration:01:05:13

Cleaning to Procrastinate

5/6/2015
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Do you ever clean the house, a desk, your garage, whatever instead of doing a more important task? You're not alone. One of our latest research projects helps us understand why we make this choice. Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com

Duration:00:50:36

Progress Not Perfection

11/13/2014
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Progress Not Perfection (PNP) is the name of a podcast hosted by Alen Standish. PNP is an audio podcast where Alen talks with others about perfectionism, procrastination, shame, anxiety and self-judgement as they try to overcome challenges such as eating disorders, reaching ideal health, meeting lifelong goals, creating works of art or becoming entrepreneurs. In this episode of iProcrastinate, I'm sharing an interview that I did with Alen. If you're new to either podcast, it's a great place...

Duration:01:18:40

Future Self

9/24/2014
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Procrastinating today means more work later. Ah, but that's future self's problem, right? Oops, future self is still me, and that's one reason why we consider procrastination a self-defeating strategy. In this episode, I interview Eve-Marie Blouin-Hudon about her research relating present self to future self, the notion of self-continuity and how imaging future self might help us procrastinate less. Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca The closing song is by singer,...

Duration:00:38:55

Commit to Win

8/16/2014
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Commit to Win is the title of Dr. Heidi Reeder's new book, where she explains how to harness the four elements of commitment to reach our goals. In this podcast, Heidi summarizes key points from her research. Heidi is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Boise State University where she specializes in the study of gendered behavior and identity, theories of commitment, as well as friendships between men and women. You will find that Heidi connects all of these topics...

Duration:01:02:39

Bedtime Procrastination

7/9/2014
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An interview with Dr. Joel Anderson, philosopher, researcher and lecturer Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. Joel explains the research that has come out of the Utrecht research group - Promoting Effective Intentions: Volitional Scaffolding, Implementation Intentions, and Bedtime Procrastination - on bedtime procrastination. He introduces us to notions of volitional systems, extended will, and how we can nudge ourselves towards our goals. You will find lots in this interview while...

Duration:01:04:01

Mindfulness, Meditation Resources and Procrastination

5/27/2014
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Meditation and procrastination? Ah, maybe tomorrow you say. When you do get a minute, check out this conversation with Tony Stubblebine from lift.do. Tony and his team have added new free resources on how to meditate at lift.do/meditation. We talk about why they have done this, and then we launch into a wide-ranging conversation about the relation between meditation and procrastination. Along the way, you'll learn lots of things to help you start or stay with a meditation practice. It makes...

Duration:01:05:30

A Year of Productivity

1/29/2014
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Can you imagine experimenting for a year on how to be most productive? Well, Christopher Bailey is doing just that with his ayearofproductivity.com project. Chris contacted me to talk about procrastination. He agreed to make the interview into a podcast, so I got to turn the table on him and interview him about his project as well. So, this podcast is a mixture of my thoughts on procrastination in answer to Chris as well as my questions to Chris about productivity. It's a long interview and...

Duration:01:20:41