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Procrastination Equation, The
How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Things Doneav Piers SteelAre you always late or behind with something?
Is your desk covered with stuff you just havent got round to dealing with?
Are there dozens of untackled jobs around your home?
Then youre not alone. Across the world, millions of us are engaged in a never-ending battle to get stuff done. Its a battle that frustrates us, makes us unhappy, costs us financially and takes its toll on our health. Whats more, its likely to limit our career potential.
So why do intelligent, able people put things off, even when we know well be worse off for doing so? And, more importantly, how do we change?
In this groundbreaking book, the worlds leading expert on procrastination, Dr Piers Steel, reveals the truth about why we dont do what we dont do and shows us what we can do about it.
Using a powerful mix of psychology, science, self-help, and a decade of his own research, Dr Steel shows us what effect procrastination has on our lives, and offers real hope to sufferers everywhere.
New to this revised edition, Dr Steel shows exactly how to apply the techniques in common problem areas, resulting in a step-by-step procrastination busting guide for work, money matters and losing weight.
Procrastination is the saffron spice of human behaviour, 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 New York Times bestseller Predictably Irrational
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"The book is great" - The Guardian
"The Procrastination Equation is crammed with surprising insights about procrastination and human nature as well asconcrete, helpful solutions for fighting procrastination." -
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
"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. So dont put it off any longer. Read this book. Today." - Daniel Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
"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 and Predictably Irrational
"In his absorbing first book Steel looks closely at the oft-misunderstood habit of procrastination. His engaging guide will appeal to a wide audience of past, present, and future procrastinators and researchers trying to get a handle on the science of putting things off." - Publishers Weekly
Dr. Piers Steel is an internationally recognised expert on human motivation and the foremost authority on why people put things off. A professor of Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business, he's spent the last ten years studying procrastination and the decades before that embodying it
1 Portrait of a procrastinator
2 The Procrastination Equation
The result of eight hundred studies plus one
3 Wired for procrastination
Putting off is human nature
How modern life ensures distraction
5 The personal price of procrastination
What we miss, what we lose and what we suffer
6 The economic cost of procrastination
How businesses and nations lose
7 Optimising optimism
Balancing under- and over-confidence
8 Love it or leave it
Finding relevance in work
9 In good time
Managing short-term impulses and long-term goals
10 Making it work
Putting the pieces into practice
Postscript: Procrastinations's Chapter 11
A step-by-step guide to getting things done