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

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

An interview with Dr. Fuschia Sirois about how self-compassion plays a role in the relation between procrastination and stress. Self-compassion involves taking a kind, compassionate and accepting stance towards oneself in instances of suffering due to forces beyond one's control as well as when suffering is due to personal failings.

Dr. Sirois' latest research has shown that measures of procrastination are negatively related to self-compassion. In other words, procrastinators are less self-compassionate. Most importantly, this research suggests that lower levels of self-compassion may explain some of the stress experienced by procrastinators - stress that has been shown to increase illness and decrease well-being. Her research also suggests that interventions that promote self-compassion could be very helpful. In this podcast, Dr. Sirois explains her research and interprets these findings for us.

If you want to learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca 

I close the podcast with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger

Direct download: Self-Compassion.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:10 PM

Let's start the new year right with 20 tips to help us reduce procrastination. In this interview with Angela Baker (Massey University, New Zealand), we walk through a list together discussing these 20 key strategies. Angela comments on each in relation to some of her work as a counselor, and I discuss many in relation to research. It was a delightful interview that crossed the world (a Wednesday afternoon for me and Thursday morning for Angela!). I think that this will be a podcast that you might listen to more than once if you're struggling with procrastination, particularly academic procrastination. These strategies can make a difference.

If you want to learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.

I close the podcast with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger

Direct download: 20_Tips.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:18 AM

Looking for an overview of how to stop procrastinating? Got an hour? In this podcast, Dr. Pychyl walks through the major factors related to our procrastination as well as strategies to overcome issues such as lack of commitment, defeatist attitude, weak intentions, distractions and low energy. It's a good podcast to end 2012, as we look ahead to the resolutions we'll make for the new year!

If you want to learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.

I close the podcast with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger

Direct download: Strategies_to_Procrastinate_Less.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:54 AM

An interview with award-winning professor and best-selling author Dr. Kelly McGonigal. In this interview, Dr. McGonigal explains her teaching and writing about willpower, with a particular focus on her latest book, The Willpower Instinct: How self-control works, why it matters, and what you can do to get more of it. What a joy it was to interview Kelly. She is thoughtful, articulate and precise in her explanations. I know this is an interview that you'll enjoy and review. She brings a different perspective to our understanding of procrastination and self-control. 

If you want to learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.

I close the podcast with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger

Direct download: The_Willpower_Instinct.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:47 PM

An interview with Mohsen Haghbin (Carleton University) about his most recent publication relating fear of failure and procrastination. I had interviewed Mohsen in 2010 when he helped Adam McCaffrey finish the study, but I wanted to do this again with the published paper, because the final analyses revealed some interesting findings about what affects the apparent relation between fear of failure and procrastination.

Mohsen explains that whether or not fear of failure is related to procrastination depends on whether we feel competent and whether we feel a sense of autonomy (choice) with the task at hand. If you like research, you'll get a good understanding of Mohsen's study. If you're seeking to understand why fear sometimes results in procrastination yet at other times fuels motivation, you'll find some of the answer in this study - it depends on other factors!

If you want to learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.

I close the podcast with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger

Direct download: Fear_of_Failure_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:35 PM

An interview with Dr. Alfred Mele, the William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University, and author of Backsliding: Understanding Weakness of Will. I've been looking forward to this interview for quite awhile, as I have read most of Al's books up to this point (he has 7 other books focused on topics such as human agency, motivation, free will and self-deception), and his work speaks directly to the weakness of will we commonly call procrastination. He's a brilliant scholar, prolific writer and an important philosopher who helps us understand why we act contrary to our better judgment. I know you'll enjoy the interview, as he draws on everyday examples from our lives to explain the concepts.

If you want to learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.

I close the podcast with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger

Direct download: Backsliding.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00 AM

An interview with Max Leibman author of Higher Process: The Art & Science of Personal Productivity. Max helps us consider what we really know about the science of time management and how to be more productive.

If you want to learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.

I close the podcast with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger

Direct download: Personal_productivity.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:38 PM

ChangePower! - 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success - that's the title to Meg Selig's new book, and in this podcast I interview Meg to learn how we can develop changepower. This is a great conversation about habits and habit change. We all have lots to learn from Meg. You can read her Psychology Today Blog - Changepower - or you can learn more about her book

If you want to learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.

I close the podcast with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger

Direct download: Changepower.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:27 PM

"There seems to be something about computer technology and Internet connectivity that distracts us, that tempts us towards procrastination." This is the opening line of a paper co-authored by my guest today, Nick Breems. Nick is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Dordt College (Iowa) and a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Salford (Manchester, England). In this podcast, Nick brings his focus to the intersection of philosophy and computer science in a discussion of computers and procrastination. It's a wide-ranging and fascinating discussion. I enjoyed the chat immensely, and I think you'll find it thought provoking. Nick provides a few concrete examples of things we can do to minimize procrastination while online or working on our computers.

If you want to learn more about procrastination, visit procrastination.ca or The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.

I close the podcast with a song entitled "Procrastination" by Matt Weidinger.

Direct download: Computers__Procrastination.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:38 PM