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

This week, we review a recent study on fear of failure and procrastination. Mohsen Haghbin, a senior doctoral student in our research group, explains research that he helped Adam McCaffrey complete as his honours thesis (and which Adam presented this past spring at the Canadian Psychological Association conference). Their study shows that our sense of competence and autonomy are important to consider, as these basic human needs affect the relation between fear of failure and procrastination. This is an interesting and important study that brings together research issues and clinical insights to help us understand when fear of failure may be related to procrastination and when it may actually foster action to avoid potential negative outcomes.

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Direct download: Fear_of_failure.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT

Choose a strategy that fits

A very short podcast this week with some reflections about how any strategy for change must be evaluated in terms of your own personal context and needs. Although one strategy may work for some of your procrastinated tasks, just the opposite strategy may be required in other areas of your goal pursuit.

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Direct download: Strategies_need_to_fit.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40pm EDT

Temptation and procrastination

This week, I interview Emrah Eren, a graduate student in our program at Carleton University. Emrah discusses his recent research about intentions, temptation and procrastination. His results are very interesting in terms of what can actually break the link between temptation and procrastination.

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Direct download: Temptation_and_procrastination.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:30am EDT

The intention-behaviour gap: A useful theory for understanding procrastination

If you have been struggling with exercising more or eating more healthily, this podcast is for you.  In this interview with Dr. Peter Hall (University of Waterloo), we are introduced to a way of thinking about what influences our behaviour. Peter is a clinically trained psychologist who does research on health behaviours. He and his colleague Geoffrey Fong have proposed an important new theory to explain the processes that affect our behaviour choice including our intentions, habits (pre-potent responses) and self-regulatory capacity (executive function). Please, don't be put off by the theoretical focus or the terms here! Peter does an excellent job of explaining the theory, as well as how we can make sense of our own procrastination from this perspective. He includes strategies for change as well.

You can read the paper "Temporal self-regulation theory: A model for individual health behavior" as a pdf at this link.

If you want to learn more about procrastination, see procrastination.ca or check out my new book at The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle

Direct download: Temporal_Self-Regulation_Theory.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT