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The Procrastination Equation

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Table of Contents

Author's Note 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 4 ProcrastiNations: 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 Optimizing 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: Procrastination's Chapter 11 Acknowledgments Endnotes

About the Author

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


"Procrastinating just makes unpleasant tasks worse, so why is it so hard for us to resist dithering and delay? The Procrastination Equation is crammed with surprising insights about procrastination and human nature -- as well as concrete, helpful solutions for fighting procrastination." (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project ) "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 ) "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 ) "An upbeat, motivational guide to procrastination. . . . Everything you ever wanted to know about procrastination but never got around to reading." (Kirkus Reviews )

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