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Procrastinate Later

Let's find out why we procrastinate, and what we can do about it.

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Do you put off tasks till later? Even simple tasks that take little time to do? And then it all starts to weigh on you and become mountainous tasks that sometimes never get done. Maybe by understanding why we procrastinate, and what we can learn from our procrastination, we can have more control over the way we use our time.

Understanding Procrastination

Positive Procrastination, Not an Oxymoron

Article / ByJohn Tierney

It turns out that I am not lazy - I am a positive procrastinator. Psychologists suggest that procrastination can have some benefits. Procrastinators often complete useful tasks while avoiding what they should be doing. But, it does seem that the simplest way to tackle procrastination is to just get started.

The Science of Procrastination - And How To Manage It

Video / ByAsapScience

You have my permission to continue procrastinating for a few more minutes, to watch this very short (under three minutes) video by AsapScience. They recommend using the pomodoro technique (nothing to do with eating tomatoes) and other methods to manage your procrastination. "Procrastination is a symptom not a cause" - I agree.

The Good and Bad of Procrastination

Good and Bad Procrastination

Article / ByPaul Graham

If you put off doing the laundry or cleaning the house in favour of bigger stuff you might be a type-C procrastinator. This article is worth reading if you're working on a big project. Since reading this, I feel a lot better about neglecting my errands, and I've worked them into my day and week so they take up less time.

Can Procrastination Ever Be a Good Thing?

Article / ByPamela Wiegartz, Ph.D.

For people who like making lists. Find out if your procrastination is working for you.

Why Procrastination Is Good for You: 5 Ways to Make it Work

Article / ByLisa Earle McLeod

Some people enjoy the rush of getting things done at the 11th hour. I am not one of these people - I set aside this time for panic. If however, you are, learn how you can be more effective in that 11th hour.

Procrastination: Readers' tales of epic time-wasting

Article / ByBBC

BBC readers share some of their extreme procrastination stories. Maybe, you can take some comfort in knowing that you're not alone.

Overcoming and Embracing Procrastination

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Book / ByBrian Tracy

According to Brian Tracy, "If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first". This book will motivate you not to stop procrastinating but rather to become organised and productive. It will help you to prioritise tasks and actually get things finished. Note to self: stop trying to knit a scarf and buy one instead.

The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle

Book / ByTimothy A Pychyl

This is a short book, so even procrastinators will be able to finish it. If you really want to understand your procrastination and the cost implications, and feel ready to tackle it head on - this may be the book for you. There's even a whole chapter dedicated to cyberslacking if that's your poison.

The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing

Book / ByJohn Perry

This book offers guidance on turning your procrastination into a strength or 'structured procrastination'. If your procrastination is frustrating you because you're not getting enough done, John Perry advises that you put more items on your task list. Learn how to make your procrastination work for you, and you may come to think of it as a strength after all.

Overcoming Procrastination: 7 Strategies to Get the Job Done... Today

Article / ByTamar Chansky

This article has great tips for tackling your procrastination, such as, ending just short of finishing something. This may sound counterintuitive, but it does work. Also, if you're guilty of procrastinating due to your ridiculous levels of perfectionism, Tamar Chansky has some advice for you.

I am the founder of I love reading personal development books and try very hard to implement the stuff that resonates with me. For the most part I am paralysed by fear and indulge in the fine art of proscrastination. So it's small changes for me.

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