The Procrastination Equation
How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done
DON'T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK: The world's leading expert on procrastination uses his groundbreaking research to offer understanding on a matter that bedevils us all. Writing with humour, humanity and solid scientific information reminiscent of Stumbling on Happiness and Freakonomics, Piers Steel explains why we knowingly and willingly put off a course of action despite recognizing we'll be worse off for it.
For those who surf the Web instead of finishing overdue assignments, who always say diets start tomorrow, who stay up late watching TV to put off going to sleep, The Procrastination Equation explains why we do what we do--or in this case don't--and why in Western societies we're in the midst of an escalating procrastination epidemic.
Dr. Piers Steel takes on the myths and misunderstandings behind procrastination and motivation. With accessible prose and the benefits of new scientific research, he provides insight into why we procrastinate even though the result is that we are less happy, healthy, and even wealthy. Who procrastinates and why? How many ways, big and small, do we procrastinate? How can we stop doing it? The reasons are part cultural, part psychological, part biological. And, with a million new ways to distract ourselves in the digitized world, more of us are potentially damaging ourselves by putting things off. But Steel not only analyzes the factors that weigh us down but the things that motivate us--including understanding the value of procrastination.
About this Author
Dr. PIERS STEEL, recognized as the world's leading authority on procrastination, taught at both the business and psychology schools of the University of Minnesota and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Brookfield Management Research Chair at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. He has received international recognition for his groundbreaking research on procrastination, combined with organization behaviour, personality and individual differences, with widespread media coverage of his work in the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, USA Today and Scientific American. Piers Steel's authority and his renown as a public speaker on the subject of why we procrastinate and how we can benefit if we overcome the habit, combined with his wit and humour, offer a perfect platform for the general reader to understand procrastination.
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