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You Can Triumph Over Procrastination

  • Jan 14, 2011

Based on the premise that we cannot expect to have a handle on procrastination until we fully understand what it is that drives us to procrastinate, this book addresses the problem of procrastination by first tackling the fundamental question of why we procrastinate.

So, why do we persist in engaging in this self-defeating behavior? The book identifies the 2 culprits to procrastination and addresses each one in turn. These are, namely, (1) Low Expectancy (which diminishes Value) and (2) Impulsiveness (which increases Delay).

The Procrastination Equation is thus formulated as Expectancy x Value / Impulsiveness x Delay, where Expectancy is the value of the end result you *expect* from accomplishing a task (i.e. optimism vs. pessimism), and Impulsiveness is your proclivity for choosing a more pleasurable activity over one that is onerous but potentially rewarding.

The treatment of the subject matter may not seem like much on the surface, but really, it is deceptively simple. The findings in the book are backed by a wealth of scientific research in both biological (e.g. limbic system, prefrontal lobe) and behavioral sciences (e.g. motivation, impulsiveness). The book provides an in-depth exploration into why certain people are more optimistic than others or why some people are more predisposed to impulsive behavior. In fact, it has a test that helps to gauge how optimistic or how impulsive you are (an unabridged version is available online). Based on your score, it helps you uncover your shortcomings and offers proven techniques for countering them.

A true measure of the value of a self-help book is in its power to inspire, motivate, and spur the reader into action and in its power to transform lives. This book succeeds, in my opinion, on all counts. I personally found the book a compelling read from cover to cover and an immensely helpful guide for combating procrastination. Highly recommended.

Also Recommended: The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play.

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“Procrastinating just makes unpleasant tasks worse, so why is it so hard for us to resist dithering and delay?The Procrastination Equationis crammed with surprising insights about procrastination and human nature -- as well as concrete, helpful solutions for fighting procrastination.” (Gretchen Rubin, author ofThe Happiness Project)

“An upbeat, motivational guide to procrastination. . . . Everything you ever wanted to know about procrastination but never got around to reading.” (Kirkus Reviews )

“I put off writing this blurb ‘til the last minute. I thought it was because I was too busy but after readingThe Procrastination Equation, I know the real reasons. Piers Steel will help you tackle the goals . . . that always seemed . . . out of reach.” (Richard Florida, author ofThe Great Reset)

The Procrastination Equationwill 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 ofDriveandA Whole New Mind)

“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 ofThe Upside of IrrationalityandPredictably Irrational)

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ISBN-10: 0061703613
ISBN-13: 978-0061703614
Author: Piers Steel, Ph.d.
Genre: Business & Investing, Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Harper
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