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The Procrastination Equation


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Author's note1 Portrait of a procrastinator2 The Procrastination Equation The result of eight hundred studies plus one3 Wired for procrastination Putting off is human nature4 Procrastination How modern life ensures distraction5 The personal price of procrastination What we miss, what we lose and what we suffer6 The economic cost of procrastination How businesses and nations lose7 Optimising optimism Balancing under- and over-confidence8 Love it or leave it Finding relevance in work9 In good time Managing short-term impulses and long-term goals10 Making it work Putting the pieces into practicePostscript: Procrastinations's Chapter 11A step-by-step guide to getting things doneAcknowledgementsEndnotesIndex

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


"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 don't 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

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