The Procrastination Equation: An In-Depth Breakdown (Ep. 167)

Procrastination. There’s a good chance you’re doing it right now. It’s one of the biggest problems we hear about from students and it’s absolutely still a problem after graduation. There’s no escape.

Or is there?

While we likely can’t banish procrastination from our lives forever, we can learn to manage it and build habits that work against it. But in order to work against it, we need to understand it.

Luckily, Dr. Piers Steel has a nice definition for us:

…procrastination has identified not just any delay but an irrational one—that is, when we voluntarily put off tasks despite believing ourselves to be worse off for doing so.

Even more helpfully, his work on the study of procrastination led to the procrastination equation — an equation that explains your current level of motivation to do something.

Each variable in the equation represents a different problem you might face when putting off something you shouldn’t be, and each has a slew of ways you can go about mitigating its effects.

So if you’ve got a problem with procrastination, it’s time to see what we can do about it.

Featured Book

The Procrastination EquationToday’s episode delves heavily into Dr. Steel’s book, The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done.

If you think it’s just a fluff-filled self-help book, it’s worth noting that the book itself is 250 pages, followed by 76 pages almost entirely filled with research citations. It’s a little intense. If you want to look more deeply into what we talk about on this episode, this book is a great place to start.

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Nice information, the world is now the digital and everything become Smarter, so need to study in smarter way to survive, thank you for the beautiful information.

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