The Procrastination Equation: How To Stop Putting Things Off And Start Getting Stuff Done

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

The Procrastination Equation: How To Stop Putting Things Off And Start Getting Stuff Done

by Piers Steel

Random House of Canada | July 19, 2012 | Hardcover

5 out of 5 rating. 1 Reviews
Not yet rated | write a review

DON''T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK: The world''s leading expert on procrastination uses his groundbreaking research to offer understanding on a matter that bedevils us all. Writing with humour, humanity and solid scientific information reminiscent of Stumbling on Happiness and Freakonomics, Piers Steel explains why we knowingly and willingly put off a course of action despite recognizing we''ll be worse off for it.

For those who surf the Web instead of finishing overdue assignments, who always say diets start tomorrow, who stay up late watching TV to put off going to sleep, The Procrastination Equation explains why we do what we do - or in this case don''t - and why in Western societies we''re in the midst of an escalating procrastination epidemic.

Dr. Piers Steel takes on the myths and misunderstandings behind procrastination and motivation - showing us how procrastination affects our lives, health, careers and happiness and what we can do about it. With accessible prose and the benefits of new scientific research, he provides insight into why we procrastinate even though the result is that we are less happy, healthy, even wealthy. Who procrastinates and why? How many ways, big and small, do we procrastinate? How can we stop doing it? The reasons are part cultural, part psychological, part biological. And, with a million new ways to distract ourselves in the digitized world - all of which feed on our built-in impulsiveness - more of us are potentially damaging ourselves by putting things off. But Steel not only analyzes the factors that weigh us down but the things that motivate us - including understanding the value of procrastination.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: July 19, 2012

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307357163

ISBN - 13: 9780307357168

Found in: Business and Finance

Out of stock Sorry, this item has sold out and may be re-stocked in the future.

Cart

All available formats:

Check store inventory (prices may vary)

Reviews

– More About This Product –

The Procrastination Equation: How To Stop Putting Things Off And Start Getting Stuff Done

The Procrastination Equation: How To Stop Putting Things Off And Start Getting Stuff Done

by Piers Steel

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: July 19, 2012

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307357163

ISBN - 13: 9780307357168

Read from the Book

CHAPTER ONE Portrait of a Procrastinator “Never put off till tomorrow, what you can do the day after tomorrow.” Mark Twain     T his book is about every promise you made to yourself but broke. It is about every goal you set but let slide, never finding the motivation. It is about diets postponed, late-night scrambles to finish projects, and disappointed looks from the people who depend on you—or from the one you see in the mirror. It is about being the slacker in your family and the straggler in your circle of friends. It is about that menacing cloud of uncompleted chores, from the late bill payments to the clutter that fills your home. It is about that doctor’s appointment you have been putting off and the finances still in disarray. It is about dawdling, delay, opportunity lost, and more. Much more. This book is also about the other side, the moments of action when procrastination gives way to crystal clarity and attention, work is devoured without hesitation, and giving up never even occurs to you. It is about personal transformation, about unencumbered desire free of internal competition, and the guiltless leisure you can enjoy when your daily tasks are done. This book is about potential, wasted and fulfilled; about dreams that fade into obscurity and dreams we can make come true. Best of all, this book is about shifting the rest of your life away from putting it off to getting it done.   The pivot point that tips us away from accomp
read more read less

Table of Contents

AUTHOR'S NOTE
 
CHAPTER ONE
PORTRAIT OF A PROCRASTINATOR
 
CHAPTER TWO
THE PROCRASTINATION EQUATION
The result of eight hundred studies plus one
 
CHAPTER THREE
WIRED FOR PROCRASTINATION
Putting off is human nature
 
CHAPTER FOUR
PROCRASTINATIONS
How modern life ensures distraction
 
CHAPTER FIVE
THE PERSONAL PRICE OF PROCRASTINATION
What we miss, what we lose, and what we suffer
 
CHAPTER SIX
THE ECONOMIC COST OF PROCRASTINATION
How businesses and nations lose
 
CHAPTER SEVEN
OPTIMIZING OPTIMISM
Balancing under- and over-confi dence
 
CHAPTER EIGHT
LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT
Finding relevance in work
 
CHAPTER NINE
IN GOOD TIME
Managing short-term impulses and long-term goals
 
CHAPTER TEN
MAKING IT WORK
Putting the pieces into practice
 
POSTSCRIPT
PROCRASTINATION'S CHAPTER 11
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
NOTES
INDEX

From the Publisher

DON''T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK: The world''s leading expert on procrastination uses his groundbreaking research to offer understanding on a matter that bedevils us all. Writing with humour, humanity and solid scientific information reminiscent of Stumbling on Happiness and Freakonomics, Piers Steel explains why we knowingly and willingly put off a course of action despite recognizing we''ll be worse off for it.

For those who surf the Web instead of finishing overdue assignments, who always say diets start tomorrow, who stay up late watching TV to put off going to sleep, The Procrastination Equation explains why we do what we do - or in this case don''t - and why in Western societies we''re in the midst of an escalating procrastination epidemic.

Dr. Piers Steel takes on the myths and misunderstandings behind procrastination and motivation - showing us how procrastination affects our lives, health, careers and happiness and what we can do about it. With accessible prose and the benefits of new scientific research, he provides insight into why we procrastinate even though the result is that we are less happy, healthy, even wealthy. Who procrastinates and why? How many ways, big and small, do we procrastinate? How can we stop doing it? The reasons are part cultural, part psychological, part biological. And, with a million new ways to distract ourselves in the digitized world - all of which feed on our built-in impulsiveness - more of us are potentially damaging ourselves by putting things off. But Steel not only analyzes the factors that weigh us down but the things that motivate us - including understanding the value of procrastination.

About the Author

Dr. PIERS STEEL, recognized as the world''s leading authority on procrastination, taught at both the business and psychology schools of the University of Minnesota and is Associate Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. He has received international recognition for his groundbreaking research on procrastination, combined with organization behaviour, personality and individual differences, with widespread media coverage of his work in the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, USA Today and Scientific American. Piers Steel''s authority and his renown as a public speaker on the subject of why we procrastinate and how we can benefit if we overcome the habit, combined with his wit and humour, offer a perfect platform for the general reader to understand procrastination.

Editorial Reviews

"The Procrastination Equation will teach you how to bust the excuses that are preventing you from doing your best work and living your best life. You'll learn some surprising facts about procrastination as well as practical techniques for short-circuiting the temptation to dawdle. So don't put it off any longer. Read this book. Today."
 - Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

"I put off writing this blurb until the last minute. I thought it was because I was too busy, but after reading The Procrastination Equation, I know the real reasons. Piers Steel will help you tackle the goals-big and small-that always seemed just a little out of reach."
 - Richard Florida, author of The Great Reset
 
"Procrastination is the saffron spice of human behavior, where even small amounts of this tendency can shatter the best of intentions. In this illuminating book Piers Steel shows us the secrets of procrastination, how it affects us and how we will, one day, be able to prevail."
 - Dan Ariely, author of The Upside of Irrationality
Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart