Canadian Positive Psychology Association

How Research is Helping Solve the Procrastination Puzzle

  • 18 Feb 2016
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Online Webinar

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“I’ll feel more like doing it tomorrow,” but then tomorrow comes…and…Why is it we procrastinate?  Is it personality or the situation?  Are we just poor planners?  What can we do about this? What are the costs of procrastination? Dr. Pychyl will answer these and other questions by summarizing current research about task avoidance and delay.  The focus is on practical strategies for change as we view procrastination as something “that gets in the way” of our goal pursuit and flourishing.

More about our speaker: 

Dr. Tim Pychyl is the Director of the Centre for Initiatives in Education and Associate Professor of Psychology at Carleton University, Ottawa (Canada). Tim has developed an international reputation for his research on procrastination. In addition to scholarly articles, Tim has co-edited two books, the most recent of which is Procrastination, Health and Well-Being to be published in the spring of 2016 (Elsevier). He is also author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change (2013, Tarcher/Penguin), You can learn more about his research, access his Psychology Today blog or his iProcrastinate podcast at

Tim’s research is complemented by his passion for teaching for which he has won numerous awards including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Tim has been an invited speaker across the country working with professors in universities and colleges to enhance teaching and learning.

When not on campus, you will find this self-described “dinosaur dad” at home on his hobby farm with his wife and children (ages 10 and 8). Together they care for their huskies and horses while enjoying the restorative countryside of the Ottawa Valley.

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