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The Procrastination Equation

The Procrastination Equation

How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done
2nd Edition

Piers Steel

Dec 2011, Paperback, 368 pages
ISBN13: 9780273767701
ISBN10: 0273767704
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In this groundbreaking book, the world’s leading expert on procrastination, Dr Piers Steel, reveals the truth about why procrastinate – and shows us what we can do about it.

Using a powerful mix of psychology, science, self-help, and a decade of his own research, Dr Steel shows us what effect procrastination has on our lives, and offers real hope to sufferers everywhere.

New to this revised edition, Dr Steel shows exactly how to apply the techniques in common problem areas, resulting in a step-by-step procrastination busting guide for work, money matters and losing weight.

Author's note

1 Portrait of a procrastinator

2 The Procrastination Equation

The result of eight hundred studies plus one

3 Wired for procrastination

Putting off is human nature

4 Procrastination

How modern life ensures distraction

5 The personal price of procrastination

What we miss, what we lose and what we suffer

6 The economic cost of procrastination

How businesses and nations lose

7 Optimising optimism

Balancing under- and over-confidence

8 Love it or leave it

Finding relevance in work

9 In good time

Managing short-term impulses and long-term goals

10 Making it work

Putting the pieces into practice

Postscript: Procrastinations's Chapter 11

A step-by-step guide to getting things done

Acknowledgements

Endnotes

Index

Dr. Piers Steel is an internationally recognised expert on human motivation and the foremost authority on why people put things off. A professor of Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, he’s spent the last ten years studying procrastination and the decades before that embodying it

"The book is great" - The Guardian

"The Procrastination Equation is crammed with surprising insights about procrastination and human nature – as well asconcrete, helpful solutions for fighting procrastination." -
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

"The Procrastination Equation will 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 Pink, author of Drive and A 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 of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational

"In his absorbing first book Steel looks closely at the oft-misunderstood habit of procrastination. His engaging guide will appeal to a wide audience of past, present, and future procrastinators and researchers trying to get a handle on the science of putting things off." - Publishers Weekly