The Procrastination Equation
How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done
By Ph.d. Steel, Piers
(Harper, Hardcover, 9780061703614, 320pp.)
Publication Date: January 2011
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Using a mix of psychology, science, self-help, and a decade of groundbreaking research, Dr. Piers Steel, internationally recognized as the foremost authority on procrastination, explains why procrastination is dangerously on the rise and tells us how to overcome the destructive patterns that affect our health and happiness to create more positive lives.
If you think you are not one of the 95 percent of those of us who procrastinate, take Dr. Steel's test in The Procrastination Equation. Or if you think you procrastinate because you're a perfectionistyou're wrong. So, why do we surf the Web instead of finishing overdue projects? Why do we say we'll start that diettomorrow? Why do we stay up late watching television instead of going to bed? And how do we overcome these bad habits that we know work against our best intentions? Based on more than a decade of research, and written with humor, humanity, and solid science, The Procrastination Equation explains why we do what we door, in this case, don'toffering answers to such questions as:
- Are we biologically hardwired to procrastinate? If so, why?
- How does procrastination cost us?
- What tricks do we play on ourselves when we procrastinate at work, school, and home?
- If visualizing our dreams isn't enough to make them real, then what steps must we take?
Along the way, Dr. Steel dispels the myths and misunderstandings of motivation and procrastination, replacing them with a clear explanation of why we put off until tomorrow what we should be doing today. He then offers specific techniques we can use to tame and prevent the bad habits that adversely affect our health, happiness, and careers, all the while celebrating the very human foibles that make us who we are. The Procrastination Equation is the definitive and accessible guide for anyone who struggles with this age-old dilemma.
Piers Steel, PhD, is the world's leading researcher and speaker on the science of motivation and procrastination. He studied and taught at the business and psychology schools of the University of Minnesota before moving to the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business, where he is a professor of human resources and organizational dynamics. He has been studying procrastination and its effects for more than ten yearsafter spending decades practicing it. Dr. Steel's award-winning research has appeared in magazines ranging from Psychology Today and New Scientist to Good Housekeeping and Profit. His work has been reported in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and USA Today. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife and two sons.
“Why you ‘put off till tomorrow what you can do today’ forms the crux of Steel’s book, in which he not only answers that question but details specific techniques to reign in the impulse. . . . Offers good advice.”
“An upbeat, motivational guide to procrastination. . . . Everything you ever wanted to know about procrastination but never got around to reading.”
“I put off writing this blurb ‘til the last minute. I thought it was because I was too busy but after reading The Procrastination Equation, I know the real reasons. Piers Steel will help you tackle the goals . . . that always seemed . . . out of reach.”
-Richard Florida, author of The Great Reset
“The Procrastination Equation is this season’s must-read self-help book. In addition to offering useful strategies to fight a common problem, it’s a fascinating read.”
“A useful, eye-opening book.”
“Procrastinating just makes unpleasant tasks worse, so why is it so hard for us to resist dithering and delay? The Procrastination Equation is crammed with surprising insights about procrastination and human nature -- as well as concrete, helpful solutions for fighting procrastination.”
-Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“Procrastination is the saffron spice of human behavior, where even small amounts of this tendency can shatter the best of intentions. In this illuminating book Piers Steel shows us the secrets of procrastination, how it affects us and how we will, one day, be able to prevail.”
-Dan Ariely, author of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational
“The Procrastination Equation will teach you how to bust the excuses that are preventing you from doing your best work and living your best life. . . . So don’t put it off any longer. Read this book. Today.”
-Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind