iProcrastinate Podcast

Dr. Timothy A. Pychyl, associate professor of psychology and director of the Procrastination Research Group (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada), provides a series of short talks, interviews and question/answer podcasts that explain why we procrastinate and what we can do about it. An award winning educator, Dr. Pychyl challenges his listeners to explore their daily choices to act or postpone acting on their intentions. Do we head to the gym as intended, or slouch back on the couch thinking "I'll feel more like a workout tomorrow"? Do we tackle the task now, or do we avoid it arguing to ourselves that "I work better under pressure"? From losing 10 pounds to changing personal habits, Pychyl, a personality psychologist, focuses on the breakdown of intentional action - a problem commonly called procrastination. This series expands on three main themes: 1) irrational delay that sabotages personal productivity, 2) personality attributes that contribute to self-defeating behaviours, and 3) situational factors that undermine our ability to take or sustain action. Drawing on the research literature, topics include: self-handicapping, anxiety, self-regulation, perfectionism, will...

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      Perfectionistic Concerns, Perfectionistic Strivings: There's an important difference


      An interview with Dr. Fuschia Sirois (University of Sheffield) about her recently published meta-analysis relating perfectionism to procrastination. Fuschia sets the record straight by summarizing the research literature which shows how perfectionism relates to procrastination.

      Reference

      Sirois, F.M., Molnar, D.S., & Hirsch, J.K. (2017). A meta-analytic and conceptual update on the associations between procrastination and multidimensional perfectionism. European Journal of...


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      48m
       2017-03-31

      Waiting for the Right Place and Right Time


      An interview with Shane Littrell of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga about his procrastination research. Shane helps us understand the complex interplay of person and situation that influence our procrastination.

      To learn more, see procrastination.ca

      The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com


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      1h4m
       2017-02-01

      "Facebocrastination?" - Procrastination and Facebook


      An interview with Adrian Meier (Department of Communications, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany) about the predictors of using Facebook for procrastination and its effects on students' well-being.

      Here's a blog post on this topic, and below that is the reference to the published study.

      https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dont-delay/201608/facebocrastination-new-research-the-perils-facebook

      Research reference:

      Meier, A., Reinecke, L., & C.E....


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      59m
       2016-08-17

      Active Procrastination: Clarifying the Concept


      A chat with Shamarukh Chowdhury about her research on active procrastination. Together, we clarify the concept of procrastination and do a little "myth busting" around the concept of active procrastination; a concept that we call an oxymoron that may be better understood as two types of delay - it's not "procrastination" at all.

      Relevant research references:

      Chu, A. H. C., & Choi, J. N. (2005). Rethinking procrastination: positive effects of “active” procrastination...


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      45m
       2016-07-15

      Acceptance & Commitment Therapy


      An interview with the psychologist Dr. Frédérick Dionne about Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Frédérick references the following website for more information: Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

      Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca

      The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com


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      53m
       2016-03-02

      I don't feel like it! I don't want to!


      Some reflections on what to do when you don't feel like doing what you know you should be doing.

      Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca

      The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com


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      40m
       2016-01-08

      Not All Delay is Procrastination


      An interview with Mohsen Haghbin about his doctoral research that defined six types of delay, only two of which are procrastination. This is an important new series of studies that help us conceptualize delay in our lives.

      Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca

      The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com


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      1h15m
       2015-09-10

      Procrastination and Media Use as Escapism


      An interview with Sarah Kohler (University of Muenster, Germany) on media use, escapism and procrastination. Sarah presents the results of one of her studies and explains how media provides escape in our lives. She argues that some of this escape, but not all, may be considered procrastination. Given the ubiquity of media in our lives, this is an important topic to consider.

      Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca

      The closing song is by singer,...


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      1h9m
       2015-08-19

      Imagine your future self


      An interview with Eve-Marie Blouin-Hudon (Carleton University) about her research on how imagining future self through guided meditation can decrease procrastination.

      Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca

      The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com


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      1h4m
       2015-06-18

      Procrastinators can still get to heaven


      An interview with Dr. Clarry Lay (Emeritus, York University) author of Procrastinators (and Others) Can Still Get to Heaven: A Guide to Directed Everyday Living. We discuss the importance of goals, identifying prescribed behaviors to meet these goals and the centrality of our obligation to the scheduling of these behaviors in order to fulfill our potential.

      Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca

      The closing song is by singer, songwriter Matt Weidinger...


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      1h5m
       2015-05-21