This web site provides access to information and research related to procrastination. Although our site originates at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), it represents a compilation of information and research on procrastination from all over the world.
Are you visiting our website for the first time? Here are some suggestions:
Why you procrastinate and 10 tactics to help you stop
(A Year of Productivity Interview)
20 Tips to Reduce Academic Procrastination
(these are the tips discussed in the podcast posted January 2013)
Participate in a Research Project out of the UK
(This is a thesis project sponsored by Prof. Marcantonio Spada)
Flett, A. & Pychyl, T.A. (June, 2014). Procrastination, Rumination, and Distress in Students: An Analysis of the Roles of Self-Compassion and Mindfulness. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Conference, Vancouver. B.C.
Sirois, F. &
Pychyl, T.A. (2013). Procrastination and the priority of short-term
mood regulation: Consequences for future self. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 115-127. DOI: 10.1111/spc3.12011
Haghbin, M., & Pychyl, T.A. (July 19, 2013). Development and Psychometric Properties of the Health‐related Procrastination Scale. Paper presented at the 8th Biennial Procrastination Research Conference. Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Khazraei, N., & Pychyl T.A. (July 19, 2013). The central role of self-regulation failure in the relation between depression and procrastination. Paper presented at the 8th Biennial Procrastination Research Conference. Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Rooen, A., & Pychyl, T.A. (July 19, 2013). How maladaptive thinking is related to procrastination. Poster presented at the 8th Biennial Procrastination Research Conference. Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Brewer, R., & Pychyl, T.A. (July 19, 2013). The relations of purpose, transcendence and existential vacuum with procrastination. Poster presented at the 8th Biennial Procrastination Research Conference. Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Haghbin, M., & Pychyl, T.A. (July 19 2013). Procrastination and health: The negative effects of various types of procrastination. Poster presented at the 8th Biennial Procrastination Research Conference. Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Maisonneuve, A., & Pychyl, T.A. (July 20, 2013). An examination of academic procrastination from first-year undergraduate to graduate study. Poster presented at the 8th Biennial Procrastination Research Conference. Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Pychyl, T.A., Rooen, A., & Haghbin, M. (September 19-21, 2013). The
relation of maladaptive automatic thoughts to procrastination,
socially-prescribed perfectionism and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Annual Conference for the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, Denver, Colorado.
Rahimi, S., Hall, N. C., & Pychyl, T.A. (April, 2013). Attributions of Moral Responsibility and Blameworthiness in Relation to Procrastination versus Delay. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
Pychyl, T.A., & Flett, G.L. (2012). Procrastination and self-regulatory failure: An introduction to the special issue. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. DOI: 10.1007/s10942-012-0149-5
For a brief introduction to the effects of perfectionism, see these tips by Gord Flett (Canada Research Chair, York University).
M., McCaffrey, A., & Pychyl, T.A. (2012). The complexity of the
relation between fear of failure and procrastination. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.
Sirois, F. & Pychyl, T.A. (September 7, 2012). Procrastination and perceptions of time: Implications for theory and practice. Symposium organized for the 1st International Conference on Time Perspecitve, Coimbra, Portugal.
Below are the papers presented as part of the symposium
Procrastination, depression, and Future Time Perspective
Procrastination and the consideration of future consequences: Exploring the role of self- control
A review of the Pacing Style Instrument
Focused clinical treatment of procrastination by means of working time-restriction
Ferrari, J.R., & Pychyl, T.A. (2012). “If I wait, my partner will do it:” The role of conscientiousness as a mediator in the relation of academic procrastination and perceived social loafing. North American Journal of Psychology, 14 (1), 13-24.
Pychyl, T.A. (July, 2011). Agency, responsibility and autonomy: An existential perspective on procrastination as self-regulation failure.
Paper to be presented at the 7th Biennial conference on Counseling the
Procrastinator in the Academic Context, Amersterdam.
Heward, E., & Pychyl, T.A. (June 4, 2011). Trait emotional intelligence and its relations to general, academic, and Internet procrastination: The Importance of Self-Control in Understanding Self-Regulatory Failure. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto.
The comic below captures these results (see more at Carpe Diem)
Wohl, M.J.A., Pychyl, T.A., & Bennet, S.H. (2010). I forgive myself, now I can study: How self-forgiveness for procrastinating can reduce future procrastination. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 803-808. (Even O-Magazine liked this one)
Pychyl, T.A. (2009). Savouring the Flavours of Delay. English Studies in Canada. 34(2-3), 25-29.
Simpson, W.K., & Pychyl, T.A. (2009). In search of the arousal procrastinator: An investigation of the relation between procrastination, arousal-based personality traits and beliefs about procrastination motivations Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 906-911.
The comic below captures these results (see
more at Carpe Diem)
Dann, M., & Pychyl, T.A. (August 4, 2009). Approach and avoidance personal goals: Goal appraisal profiles, congruence with personality and procrastination. Paper presented at the 6th biennial conference on Counseling the Procrastinator in Academic Settings, Toronto, Ontario.
Sirois, F., Voth, J., & Pychyl, T.A. (August 4, 2009). "I'll look after my health later": A prospective study of the linkages of procrastination to health and well-being in undergraduate students. Paper presented at the 6th biennial conference on Counseling the Procrastinator in Academic Settings, Toronto, Ontario.
Haghbin, M., McCaffrey, A., & Pychyl, T.A. (August 5, 2009). Structural Equation Modelling of the relation between fear of failure and procrastination. Paper presented at the 6th biennial conference on Counseling the Procrastinator in Academic Settings, Toronto, Ontario.
Shannahan, M.J., & Pychyl, T.A. (2007). An ego identity perspective on volitional action: Identity status, agency, and procrastination. Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 901-911.
Speaking of identity and procrastination . . . Carpe Diem captures it!
Research Books & Special Issues
Journal of Rational -Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Counseling the procrastinator in academic
Special Issue (2000) - Procrastination:
Current Issues and New Directions
What's new and
Check out my audioblog at audioboo. 3-minute "boos" about procrastination (RSS)
Join Prof. Pychyl in conversation with hosts John Perry & Ken Taylor on Philosophy Talk
IN THE NEWS
Top 7 Tips To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
by Diane Sewell
How We Trick Our Brains Into Feeling Productive
by Jane Porter
Why Your Brain Loves Procrastination
by Susannah Locke
5 Tricks to Stop Procrastinating for Good
by Barbara Stepko
Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind
by Caroline Williams
The Beautiful Life of
by Kimberly Hiss
by Joel Haslam
6 Ways to Lighten the Weight of Guilt
The Huffinton Post
by Lindsay Holmes
3 Ways to Avoid Distraction and be More Productive
10 Ways to Actually
Get Sh*t Done!
by Michele Laufik
14 Signs You're Really Happy (And How to Stay That Way)
The Huffington Post
By Lindsay Holmes
Cure Your Procrastination
What are you waiting for?
How to Stop Procrastinating
by Melaina Juntti
To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair
Wall Street Journal
by Sue Shellenbarger
Sloth: To Stop Procrastinating,
Focus on Emotions
By Sandra Upson
Working Smarter: To cure procrastination, try the buddy system
Tech Page One
By Helena Echlin
Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination
Association for Psychological Science Observer
by Eric Jaffe
Psst, procrastinators:Here's why you still haven't done your taxes
by Melissa Dahl
Procrastination: un échec de régulation de soi-même dû à une gestion de l'humeur à court terme
Most RRSP contributors wait for the last two weeks; TD Survey
by Melissa Leong
A surprising antidote to procrastination
START IT UP
by Jessica Stillman
Ask the Experts: Why do we make New Year's Resolutions?
by John Kiernan
Treat your future self better - stop procrastinating now
Globe & Mail
By Beverley Smith
How I finally got around to getting my driver's license
Globe & Mail
By Courtney Shea
How to Streamline your Weekday mornings
(at MSN Lifestyle)
What are YOU waiting for?
By Debra Huron
Keeping kids on track with their homework
By Joanna Nesbit
What's the hold up? The science of procrastination
WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)
Why doing your taxes may be good for your health
by Sandy Braz
Can't get around to doing your taxes? Join the club.
Globe and Mail
by Roma Luciw
Put off by filing? It doesn't pay to procrastinate
by Tristan Worden
Why you procrastinate and how to stop
msnbc Today Health
by Jennifer Nelson
7 tax personality types
The Daily Beast
By Farnoosh Torabi
What to do if you've already broken that New Year's resolution
By Jennifer Saltman
Three words to a good life: Just do it
By Jessica Hume
Holiday procrastination: Delay can pay
NPR (Tell me more)
Host: Michel Martin
Procrastination: comment s'en sortir?
By Iris Gagnon-Paradis
Stop putting so much off
By Gloria Lau
Procrastinators often use social networks on the job
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
By Anita Bruzzese
Professor links putting off work to fear of failure
Earnings and yearnings: The freelance Personality
A paralyzing fear of
Procrastination: Ten things you should know
How to put work off - Constructively
Stop Procrastinating - Right now!
Procrastination a Personality Trait
Procrastination: The thief of time
The ToDo Institute on procrastination
Getting out from under - How to stop
the stop sign to learn more about dealing with procrastination
Is the to-do list doing you in?
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