The Procrastination Equation

How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done

Publisher: Vintage Canada

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.

From the Hardcover edition.


Portrait of a Procrastinator
“Never put off till tomorrow, what you can do the day after tomorrow.”
Mark Twain
This book is about every promise you made to yourself but broke. It is about every goal you set but let slide,...
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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. 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

From the Hardcover edition.