312: Re-Release: Tim Pychyl on Being a Procrastinator


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Tim Pychyl is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Carlton University and hosts a podcast called I Procrastinate. We discuss how to go from being a procrastinator to someone who gets things done. His book that we discuss in this episode is on that very topic – it’s called Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change

In This Interview, Tim Pychyl and I Discuss Being a Procrastinator and…

  • His book, Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change
  • How it’s in the getting on in life that makes a life
  • Being a procrastinator can be an existential matter
  • What he tells his children: I didn’t ask what you want to do or how you feel, I told you it’s time to make your bed.
  • When we are procrastinators we delay getting on with our lives
  • Being an active member or your own life
  • The two ways being a procrastinator compromises our health
  • Stress
  • Fewer wellness behaviors
  • Treatment delay “I’ll look after that later”
  • Being a Procrastinator is a problem of self-regulated behavior
  • I won’t give in to feel good
  • Goal Intentions and Implementation intentions
  • When….then…
  • Giving the monkey something to do
  • What’s the next action?
  • Keeping it small
  • Hacks to work around our irrational thinking
  • Motivation and then Action or Action and then Motivation
  • The meaning behind our goals
  • Meaning and Manageability
  • Asking what will this cost me if I put it off?
  • Being a Procrastinator
  • Prefer tomorrow over today
  • Thinking “I’ll feel like doing it tomorrow”
  • Affect forecasting
  • Thinking of your future self as a stranger
  • Developing empathy for future self
  • Self-handicap to preserve self-esteem

Tim Pychyl Procrastinator Episode Links



Tim’s Psychology Today Page

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