iProcrastinate Podcast
Why we procrastinate and what we can do about it.
 
Are you indecisive? Would you rather that someone else choose the movie you'll watch together or the food from a menu? If so, I think you'll enjoy this interview with Dr. Joseph Ferrari (DePaul University, Chicago). Dr. Ferrari is one of the world's foremost experts on the topic of procrastination, and he summarizes some interesting studies about decisional procrastination as well as what we might do to reduce this indecision in our own lives.

If you want to learn more about procrastination, check out procrastination.ca.
Direct download: Indecisiveness.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:30 AM

The new year looms ahead, and one of the expectations for this time of year is to set a new year's resolution. Do you have one? Do you expect to successfully act on this intention? In this podcast, I share some thoughts about why these resolutions often fail and what we can do to be more successful with change in the year ahead.
Direct download: New_Years_resolutions.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:46 AM

Here's the second part of my interview with Dr. Gordon Flett (York University, Toronto). In this podcast, we discuss the relation between procrastination and perfectionism, with a specific focus on the perfectionistic procrastinator.

If you want to learn more about procrastination, check out procrastination.ca.
Direct download: Perfectionism_Part_2.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:31 PM

This is the first of a two-part podcast on perfectionism and procrastination. In this first part, Dr. Gordon Flett (York University, Toronto) explains what perfectionism is, why it's problematic and what can be done to help those who are troubled by perfectionism. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview, and I'm sure you will too.

If you want to learn more about our research or procrastination, check out procrastination.ca.
Direct download: Perfectionism_Part_1.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:31 PM

This week, I talk about some research related to impulsivity and anxiety. Interestingly, both are related to chronic preoccupation with the evaluation of self, goals and plans. Impulsivity and anxiety are also related to procrastination, so we need to think about how chronic self-appraisal and criticism may affect self-regulation. I wrote about this study on my Psychology Today blog. You can check out this entry for the reference to the study.

If you want to learn more about our research and procrastination, visit procrastination.ca
Direct download: Chronic_self-appraisal_and_impulsivity.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:27 PM

Although I usually note that procrastination is not a time-management problem, it doesn't mean that more effective planning for our goal pursuit won't help. So, this week I present one of my own favourite planning strategies, the "un-schedule." I explain what it is and, using examples from my own life, I explore how it works to create more accurate and honest implementation intentions for our goals.

If you want to learn more about procrastination or my research, check out procrastination.ca.
Direct download: Strategies_for_success.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:43 AM

This week, after discussing some very important listener feedback, I summarize a study about evaluation threat and its effects on procrastination. The results may surprise you. Whether or not high evaluation threat makes you procrastinate more (which is what we typically might think) depends on whether you're high or low on trait procrastination.

You can find my original blog posting about this topic on my Psychology Today "Don't Delay" blog (including the reference for the study if you're interested in reading it yourself). 

If you want to learn more about procrastination, see procrastination.ca.
Direct download: Evaluation_Threat_and_Procrastination.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:35 PM

When we procrastinate, the most common emotion is guilt. It's an uncomfortable feeling caused, at least in part, by the dissonance between what we intended to do and what we're doing (not what we intended). This dissonance is uncomfortable, and we do a number of things to reduce it including distraction, denial, and trivialization to name a few. This week, I discuss the nature of cognitive dissonance in relation to procrastination as well as the various strategies we use to make ourselves feel better. Of course, I also suggest a strategy that's more effective in the long run.

If you want to read about this in addition to listening to the podcast, check out my Don't Delay blog on Psychology Today entitled, "Procrastination, guilt, excuses and the road less traveled."

Interested in learning more about procrastination? Check out procrastination.ca.
Direct download: Cognitive_dissonance_and_procrastination.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00 PM

A recent study indicates that both behavioural and decisional procrastination are related to maladaptive beliefs known as metacognitions. In this podcast, I relate two listeners' comments to this study and discuss how our thinking can create problems for us in terms of procrastination.
Direct download: Worry_helps_me_cope.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:59 PM

Hey, a second podcast for November 10th. Yes, I'm trying to make up for my absence last week :-) In this short podcast, I discuss some summary statements related to neuroscience that describe what David Rock calls "quirks of our brains." I think these quirks of our stone-age brain in the modern world help explain why we're vulnerable to self-regulation failure.

If you want to read David Rock's original posting on this topic, check out his posting on Psychology Today for August 30, 2009. Here's my blog posting in reply to his writing. It may interest you, as I provide links to each of the topics I mention in the podcast (in case you want to follow up on one topic in more detail).

As always, you can keep up with our research at procrastination.ca
Direct download: Quirks_of_the_Brain.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:09 PM