The Procrastination Equation

The Procrastination Equation

How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done

Book - 2011
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"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 don't put it off any longer. Read this book. Today."
--Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

"Illuminating....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

Using a mix of psychology, evolutionary biology, self-help, and more than a decade of research, Dr. Piers Steel, the world's foremost authority on procrastination, offers a tried and true method helping us to identify, understand, and break free of our self-destructive bad habits and create more positive lives for ourselves.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780061703614
Characteristics: xii, 307 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 02, 2017

Possibly just skip to chapter 7 (as per summary comment)

May 16, 2015

Several helpful tips and interesting examples of procrastination at all levels of society. I like one of the author's final sections on the need for some impulsivity; without it, most of us would be very bored (and boring).


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Nov 11, 2011

There are interesting things in this book, and most people will recognize themselves in at least some of the descriptions. It seems to me, though, that there's a paradox at the heart of Steel's project. He makes a compelling argument that humans are, in fact, hard-wired to procrastinate. Consequently, he's promoting ways to thwart our basic natures. Maybe I'm a head in the sand type, but wouldn't it be better NOT to know this, especially, if you're trying to change counter-productive habits? The other problem I have is that the tome is full of snarky remarks directed at the reader. Everything Steel reveals about his past and his life made me dislike him more. Do I really WANT to take advice from this guy? The best part consists of a section with action plans on pp. 124-137. Just think, if this had been a 13-page pamphlet, I could have been spared the other 207 pages of self-important preening and demeaning sarcasm. And HE'S (according to the blurb) "the world's leading researcher and speaker on the science of motivation and procrastination". Save yourself the pain and skip to Chapter 7.


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