Solving the Procrastination Puzzle

A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change

by Timothy A Pychyl

Number of pages: 128

Publisher: AMACOM

BBB Library: Personal Success

ISBN: 9780399168123

About the Author

Timothy A Pychyl is the Director of the Centre for Initiatives in Education and faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), Tim and his students devote their attention to understanding why and how we can sabotage our best intentions with needless delay.


Editorial Review

Procrastination is the voluntary delay of an intended action despite the knowledge that this delay may harm the individual in terms of the task performance or even just how the individual feels about the task or him/herself. Procrastination is a needless voluntary delay. There are many types of delay in our lives. Some delays are not only necessary, but also they are wise. We might also decide to delay action on a project because we need more information first. It is wise to put things off at times rather than act impulsively or hastily.   

Book Reviews

"This intentionally digest-size book expertly tackles an issue common to most of us. Starting with a definition of procrastination as a “needless voluntary delay,” psychology professor Thomas Pychyl, peels back the layers to uncover why we procrastinate and how we can change." San Francisco Book Review

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Wisdom to Share

Procrastination is a habitual response to tasks or situations, and like all habits it is an internalized, non-conscious process.

Habits are not easy to change. We need to make conscious effort with specific strategies for change to be successful.

There is nothing preventing us from acting in a timely manner except our own reluctance to act. This is the puzzling aspect of procrastination.

Delay is a necessary part of our lives. At any given moment, there are a number of things we could do.

Procrastination is a needless voluntary delay.