Still Procrastinating: The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done

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Find out why you put things off-and learn to conquer procrastination for good! "What if I make a bad decision?" "What if I fail?" "I'm better under pressure." There are all sorts of reasons people procrastinate. What are yours? This book draws on scientific research on procrastination conducted over more than twenty years by the author and his colleagues, to help you learn what stops you from getting things done so that you can find the solutions that will really work. Contrary to conventional wisdom, chronic ...

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Overview

Find out why you put things off-and learn to conquer procrastination for good! "What if I make a bad decision?" "What if I fail?" "I'm better under pressure." There are all sorts of reasons people procrastinate. What are yours? This book draws on scientific research on procrastination conducted over more than twenty years by the author and his colleagues, to help you learn what stops you from getting things done so that you can find the solutions that will really work. Contrary to conventional wisdom, chronic procrastination is NOT about poor time management, but about self-sabotaging tendencies that can prevent you from reaching your full potential. This book gives you the knowledge and tools you need to understand and overcome these tendencies so you can start achieving your goals-not next week, next month, or next year, but TODAY!
• Exposes the hidden causes of procrastination, including fear of failure, fear of success, and thrill-seeking
• Identifies types of procrastinators and helps determine which type describes you
• Shares surprising information on how factors such as technology and the time of day affect procrastination
• Examines specific issues related to putting things off in school and at work
• Shares more than twenty years of research on the causes and consequences of chronic procrastination
• Written by a psychologist who is an international expert on the subject of procrastination Are you still procrastinating? This take-charge guide will help you stop making excuses and start transforming your life-right now!

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* "Still Procrastinating?" is a thoughtful and powerful resource which shouldn't be overlooked by readers." (Library Bookwatch, January 2011)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470611586
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 963,723
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH R. FERRARI, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor of psychology at DePaul University and the American Psychological Association's main resource on procrastination. Dr. Ferrari has been featured on ABC News and Good Morning America as well as on NPR, BBC, CBS, and NBC radio. He has been interviewed in publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, Crain's New York Business, Redbook, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Elle, Vogue, Money, Men's Health, Scientific American, and Psychology Today.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Timothy A. Pychyl, PhD ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Why Do We Procrastinate? 1

1 Everyone Procrastinates, but Not Everyone Is a Procrastinator 13

2 "I'm Better under Pressure": The Arousal Procrastinator Myth 43

3 Indecision: Decisional Procrastination 59

4 Why Self-Regulation Fails: How You're Your Own Worst Enemy 75

5 Perfection Is Pure Fiction 91

6 Does Technology Make It Easier to Procrastinate? 101

7 Why the Time of Day and the Tasks That Need to Be Done Matter to Procrastinators 115

8 The Three R's of Procrastination: Reactance, Revenge, and Regret 135

9 Social Support: Getting By with a Little Help from My Friends 147

10 Academic Procrastination: Why Students Delay, and How It Affects the Rest of Their Lives 165

11 Procrastination at Work 183

12 Procrastination and Personality Styles 203

Conclusion: Where Do You Go Next-and Can You Get There from Here? 213

References 221

Index 231

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