Why we procrastinate and what we can do about it.
Structured Procrastination: When all else fails14/06/2008 Duración: 11min
I am working on this podcast as a way of not doing other things that I should be doing - reading final papers, editing manuscripts, writing a letter of reference - at least that's what John Perry would argue. This is the essence of his concept, structured procrastination. Perry, a professor of philosophy at Stanford University, will even sell you the t-shirt! Learn more about how structured procrastination may allow you to harness a liability to create an asset in your life. Get some tasks done while you're trying to avoid others.
Existentialism and Procrastination (Part 2): Self-deception and Bad Faith07/04/2008 Duración: 14min
Here is the second part of my thoughts on existentialism and procrastination with a focus on self-deception - "I'll feel more like doing this tomorrow." Sartre calls this bad faith as we try to escape our own freedom to choose. It's an inauthentic way of living. It certainly seems to describe chronic procrastination well.
Existentialism and Procrastination (Part 1): The Anguish of Procrastination07/04/2008 Duración: 18min
At the request of many listeners, I am presenting some thoughts on existentialism and procrastination. This podcast, the first of two parts, explores how the notion of "choice" is at the heart of existentialist thought and procrastination.
Procrastination in the Workplace: An Interview with CareerJoy.com24/01/2008
This podcast is a little different from the others. I am rebroadcasting an interview that I did with Alan Kearns of CareerJoy.com. Alan interviewed me last fall about procrastination in the workplace, and he published the podcast on the CareerJoy Web site. At his suggestion, I'm offering it to iProcrastinate Podcast listeners, as Alan and I covered a wide range of topics, some of which overlap with my topics in the previous podcasts. As you'll hear in this podcast, I'm using a new digital recorder, the Zoom H2, to make my recordings. I'm hoping that this technology will provide me with more flexibility so that I can use spare moments to create more episodes (life continues to be hectically busy!). Feedback would be welcome regarding the recording quality, sound volume, etc.
Cyberslacking and the Procrastination Superhighway11/12/2007 Duración: 16min
Although we all believe that information technology makes us more productive - it's our belief that technology is progress - it's not a one-sided issue. Along with the benefits provided by our new information technologies, particularly Internet-based communication technologies, there are potential drawbacks. In this podcast, Dr. Pychyl discusses how email, Facebook and other Internet tools can lead us to make poor decisions about time use and cause us to procrastinate on our more important tasks. For more information on this topic, see: Lavoie, J.A.A., & Pychyl, T.A. (2001). Cyberslacking and the procrastination superhighway: A web-based survey of on-line procrastination, attitudes, and emotion, Social Science Computer Review, 19, 431-444.
Mindfulness Meditation and Procrastination27/10/2007 Duración: 25min
In this podcast, Dr. Pychyl discusses how mindfulness meditation may help reduce procrastination. The focus is on the role of attention in self-regulation failure. Based on a recent thesis by Ariel Rotblatt conducted as part of the Procrastination Research Group (www.procrastination.ca), Dr. Pychyl explains how mindfulness may serve as a self-regulatory resource to manage our attention.
Fear of Failure and Procrastination22/11/2006 Duración: 22min
In this episode, we explore how fear of failure has been identified as a factor in our understanding of procrastination. Specifically, Dr. Pychyl discusses evaluation anxiety, perfectionism and low self-confidence as issues related to procrastination and what we might do to address these problematic irrational thoughts.
iProcrastinate podcasts are back! - Cognitive Restructuring and Strengthening Volition20/09/2006 Duración: 19min
After nearly 4 months away, finally, another episode on dealing with procrastination. We pick up where we left off in May with a discussion of two other strategies to deal with procrastination: restructuring how we think about our tasks and strengthening our volition to get the task done. Please note that I have increased the volume in the recording, but I noticed some popping sounds with my microphones. I will continue to refine the recording (I've changed some of my equipment). Thanks for the feedback. Keep it coming!
Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination Part I: Dealing with Avoidance22/05/2006 Duración: 20min
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.
Taxes and other aversive stuff: Why do we put it off? (Why not!?)20/04/2006 Duración: 14min
Why do so many of us procrastinate on our taxes? Isn't the saner question, who doesn't? Who likes doing taxes? In fact, that's part of the answer to why we put it off - it's aversive! But, what does aversive mean? We explore a little bit of this based on research about personal projects and task aversiveness. Although we focus on tax preparation, this research speaks to any task we find aversive and what this means to procrastination.
The Positive Side of Planning: Why a time management approach might work14/03/2006 Duración: 13min
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.)
Time Management and procrastination: How not to carpe diem!01/03/2006 Duración: 11min
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
Personality and Procrastination Part 2: The Five Factor Model of Traits predicts procrastination07/02/2006 Duración: 11min
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.
Personality and Procrastination Part 1:29/01/2006 Duración: 11min
In this podcast, we focus on what many personality psychologists consider to be the fundamental traits. Using the metaphor of the primary colours, we consider the "primary colours" of personality and briefly define the "Big Five Model" of personality. We will expand on this to relate these traits to procrastination in the next podcast.
Introducing iProcrastinate Podcasts - What is procrastination?22/01/2006 Duración: 17min
This was my first podcast back in January of 2006. The original recording was poorly done, but thanks to a generous listener, it has been greatly improved. Thanks Lucas! In this podcast, I introduce the purpose of the podcasts and spend time discussing the definition of procrastination. This discussion is not just theoretical, and you'll find insights into why we procrastinate.