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Publisher's Summary

Using a mix of psychology, science, self-help, and a decade of groundbreaking research, Dr. Piers Steel, internationally recognized as the foremost authority on procrastination, explains why procrastination is dangerously on the rise and tells us how to overcome the destructive patterns that affect our health and happiness to create more positive lives.
If you think you are not one of the 95 percent of those of us who procrastinate, take Dr. Steel's test in The Procrastination Equation. Or if you think you procrastinate because you're a perfectionist, you're wrong. So, why do we surf the Web instead of finishing overdue projects? Why do we say we'll start that diet tomorrow? Why do we stay up late watching television instead of going to bed? And how do we overcome these bad habits that we know work against our best intentions? Based on more than a decade of research, and written with humor, humanity, and solid science, The Procrastination Equation explains why we do what we do or, in this case, don't, offering answers to such questions as:

Are we biologically hardwired to procrastinate? If so, why?
How does procrastination cost us?
What tricks do we play on ourselves when we procrastinate at work, school, and home?
If visualizing our dreams isn't enough to make them real, then what steps must we take?
Along the way, Dr. Steel dispels the myths and misunderstandings of motivation and procrastination, replacing them with a clear explanation of why we put off until tomorrow what we should be doing today. He then offers specific techniques we can use to tame and prevent the bad habits that adversely affect our health, happiness, and careers, all the while celebrating the very human foibles that make us who we are. The Procrastination Equation is the definitive and accessible guide for anyone who struggles with this age-old dilemma.
©2011 Piers Steel (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
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2 out of 5 stars
By Mr. Anonymous on 05-25-11

Too abstract, not enough practical advice

For a book about time management, "The Procrastination Equation" sure wastes a lot of your time. The book is long on theory and short on concrete advice. This is the only book I've ever read on procrastination, but my guess is that there must be something better out there. (I suppose this book might be useful if you have a general interest in psychology, and are not simply looking for a self-help book.)

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sean on 04-05-11

A mixed bag with few concrete techniques

The book was interesting, but I didn't come away with any sense that it would actually help me stop procrastinating. The author spends a lot of time telling you what an authority he is and how important his work has become. But he never delivers on that promise as far as I can tell.

He reviews the basic issues that affect procrastination--motivation, distractions, etc. and then develops an "equation" which he continuously mentions as though he can calculate some precise procrastination value for any situation. I found the approach odd because he inserts the "equation" throughout the book but it doesn't add to the discussion. I don't need pseudo-math to show me that if I am less motivated and more distracted I will procrastinate more.

I also didn't find many "aha moments" when listening. Insights such as "people who are impulsive are easily distracted and procrastinate more" are not exactly thunderbolts.

He does include some exercises at the end of each chapter, but I mostly forgot them as I listened into the next chapter.

It feels like he couldn't make up his mind whether to write a self-help book or an academic study.

I could recommend it to someone interested in the general behavior of procrastination, but not to someone who wants concrete examples and plans to help themselves be more productive.

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