Dr. Timothy A. Pychyl
Dr. Timothy A. Pychyl, associate professor of
psychology and director of the Procrastination Research Group
(Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada), provides a series of
short talks, interviews and question/answer podcasts that explain
why we procrastinate and what we can do about it.
An award winning educator, Dr. Pychyl challenges his listeners
to explore their daily choices to act or postpone acting on
their intentions. Do we head to the gym as intended, or slouch
back on the couch thinking "I'll feel more like a workout
tomorrow"? Do we tackle the task now, or do we avoid it
arguing to ourselves that "I work better under pressure"?
From losing 10 pounds to changing personal habits, Pychyl, a
personality psychologist, focuses on the breakdown of intentional
action - a problem commonly called procrastination.
This series expands on three main themes: 1) irrational delay
that sabotages personal productivity, 2) personality attributes
that contribute to self-defeating behaviours, and 3) situational
factors that undermine our ability to take or sustain action.
Drawing on the research literature, topics include: self-handicapping,
anxiety, self-regulation, perfectionism, will power, coping
styles, effects on health and well-being, impulsivity, temporal
discounting, motivation and even purpose in life.
Of course, Dr. Pychyl doesn’t leave his listeners with
the problem itself. Once these key factors have been established,
he turns his attention to techniques that facilitate self change,
habit-breaking implementation intentions, as well as strategies
that help each of us to “carpe diem!” The emphasis
is on self-understanding, practical advice and tools for change.
We guarantee that you will find this an engaging series of
podcasts that will provide you with tactics to increase personal
productivity and well-being.