The Procrastination Equation

The Procrastination Equation

How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done

eBook - 2011 | 1st U.S. ed.
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If you think you are not one of the 95% of us who procrastinates, take Dr. Steel's test. Based on more than a decade of research, and written with humor, humanity, and solid science, this book offers answers to such questions as: Are we biologically hardwired to procrastinate. If so, why? Is there a difference between procrastination and prudence? 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 do we need to 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 exactly what we should be doing today. He then offers specific techniques we can use to tame the bad habits that adversely affect our health, happiness, and careers.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780062035257
0062035258
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 307 p.) : ill.
Contents: Portrait of a procrastinator
The procrastination equation : the result of eight hundred studies plus one
Wired for procrastination : putting off is human nature
Procrastinations : how modern life ensures distraction
The personal price of procrastination : what we miss, what we lose, and what we suffer
The economic cost of procrastination : how businesses and nations lose
Optimizing optimism : balancing under- and over-confidence
Love it or leave it : finding relevance in work
In good time : managing short-term impulses and long-term goals
Making it work : putting the pieces into practice
Postscript: Procrastination's chapter 11.
Summary: If you think you are not one of the 95% of us who procrastinates, take Dr. Steel's test. Based on more than a decade of research, and written with humor, humanity, and solid science, this book offers answers to such questions as: Are we biologically hardwired to procrastinate. If so, why? Is there a difference between procrastination and prudence? 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 do we need to 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 exactly what we should be doing today. He then offers specific techniques we can use to tame the bad habits that adversely affect our health, happiness, and careers.--From publisher description.

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smileyllama
Aug 02, 2017

Possibly just skip to chapter 7 (as per summary comment)

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bibliokrisp
May 16, 2015

Several helpful tips and interesting examples of procrastination at all levels of society. I like one of the author's final sections on the need for some impulsivity; without it, most of us would be very bored (and boring).

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Drayjayeff
Nov 11, 2011

There are interesting things in this book, and most people will recognize themselves in at least some of the descriptions. It seems to me, though, that there's a paradox at the heart of Steel's project. He makes a compelling argument that humans are, in fact, hard-wired to procrastinate. Consequently, he's promoting ways to thwart our basic natures. Maybe I'm a head in the sand type, but wouldn't it be better NOT to know this, especially, if you're trying to change counter-productive habits? The other problem I have is that the tome is full of snarky remarks directed at the reader. Everything Steel reveals about his past and his life made me dislike him more. Do I really WANT to take advice from this guy? The best part consists of a section with action plans on pp. 124-137. Just think, if this had been a 13-page pamphlet, I could have been spared the other 207 pages of self-important preening and demeaning sarcasm. And HE'S (according to the blurb) "the world's leading researcher and speaker on the science of motivation and procrastination". Save yourself the pain and skip to Chapter 7.

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