iProcrastinate Podcast
Why we procrastinate and what we can do about it.
 

Commit to Win is the title of Dr. Heidi Reeder's new book, where she explains how to harness the four elements of commitment to reach our goals. In this podcast, Heidi summarizes key points from her research.

Heidi is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Boise State University where she specializes in the study of gendered behavior and identity, theories of commitment, as well as friendships between men and women. You will find that Heidi connects all of these topics together from a social-psychological perspective to better understand commitment as an aspect of psychological attachment. Heidi has a lot to offer here as we think through commitment in relation to our goal pusuits. She even summarizes all of this research in a "commitment formula" that you can use to explore your own commitment.

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

Direct download: Commitment_in_Goal_Pursuit.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:23 PM

An interview with Dr. Joel Anderson, philosopher, researcher and lecturer Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. Joel explains the research that has come out of the Utrecht research group - Promoting Effective Intentions: Volitional Scaffolding, Implementation Intentions, and Bedtime Procrastination -  on bedtime procrastination. He introduces us to notions of volitional systems, extended will, and how we can nudge ourselves towards our goals. You will find lots in this interview while learning how we can take advantage of our better selves to work past our more difficult moments of procrastination.  You'll learn about the role of self knowledge in self regulation, and most importantly what might work for you.

A reference I promised in the podcast today related to event segmentation theory:

Judah, G., Gardner, B., & and Aunger, R. (2013). Forming a flossing habit: An exploratory study of the psychological determinants of habit formation. British Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 338–353.

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

Direct download: Bedtime_Procrastination.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:45 PM

Meditation and procrastination? Ah, maybe tomorrow you say. When you do get a minute, check out this conversation with Tony Stubblebine from lift.do.  Tony and his team have added new free resources on how to meditate at lift.do/meditation. We talk about why they have done this, and then we launch into a wide-ranging conversation about the relation between meditation and procrastination. Along the way, you'll learn lots of things to help you start or stay with a meditation practice. It makes a difference.

Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca

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

Direct download: Lift_Mindfulness.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:32 PM

Can you imagine experimenting for a year on how to be most productive? Well, Christopher Bailey is doing just that with his ayearofproductivity.com project. Chris contacted me to talk about procrastination. He agreed to make the interview into a podcast, so I got to turn the table on him and interview him about his project as well. So, this podcast is a mixture of my thoughts on procrastination in answer to Chris as well as my questions to Chris about productivity. It's a long interview and a good one, I think.

Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca

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

Direct download: A_Year_of_Productivity.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:08 PM

A short interview with the New York Times journalist and author, Charles Duhigg, about habits and procrastination. As in his book, Charles distills a wealth of information about habits based on the latest research in this brief discussion. Charles also has some important things to say about how to find alternatives to the procrastination habit. If you want to know more about habits, read The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business.

Want to learn more about procrastination? procrastination.ca

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

Direct download: Charles_Duhigg_The_Power_of_Habit.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:28 PM

An interview with Michael Bromley from school4schools.com  He designed and runs the A+ club where tutors encourage students to reflect on their responsibilities, needs and goals, and then the tutors help them stay on track and get it done.  The focus of our discussion was how to help students with the procrastination that is still possible when they set goals. Our conversation was wide ranging but focused on strategies for more effective academic goal pursuit. I know students and their parents will find points of engagement.

Want to learn more? procrastination.ca

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

Direct download: The_A_Club.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:48 PM

Advantages, disadvantages and "best practices" for to-do lists. I use one constantly. It's not a cure-all for procrastination or for making goal pursuit more successful, but this simple tool is worth talking about. It's worth trying if you haven't really embraced the power of a plan.

Want to learn more? Check out procrastination.ca

Like the closing song? Me too. It's by Singer, Songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com

Direct download: To_Do_Lists.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:18 PM

Learn why making implementation intentions within specific events is more effective. Incredible, but true, I've finally returned to the microphone. In this episode, I explain how I beat my own potential procrastination today and got this podcast recorded and posted. I also present an answer to a listener's question about goal commitment. Spur me on to do more soon by emailing your feedback to tpychyl@gmail.com.

Want to learn more? Check out procrastination.ca

Like the closing song? Me too. It's by Singer, Songwriter Matt Weidinger - check him out at mattweidinger.com

Direct download: Better_Intentions.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18 PM

Here's an interview with Jeffrey Robinson from Student Learning Serrvices at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Jeffrey provides thoughtful reflections on how he helps students develop their own sense of agency and reduce procrastination. We discuss so much that will interest anyone who struggles with procrastination; it's certainly not limited to a campus setting or the workshops that Jeffrey offers. 

Are you new to this podcast? Check out procrastination.ca

The podcast ends with the song "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger.

Direct download: Campus_Procrastination_Workshops.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07 AM

"Build better habits. Change your life" - This is the motto on the homepage for Lift. Lift is a new tool (online and as an app) that helps you to develop new habits and to achieve your goals. In this podcast, I interview the CEO and co-founder of Lift, Tony Stubblebine.

New to the podcast? Learn more about procrastination at procrastination.ca

The podcast closes with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger. Check out this musician (call it procrastination ;-)

Direct download: Lift.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46 PM