Money Talking

How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Back to Work

Thursday, November 06, 2014

You know you do it and you want to do something about it. Well, there is a solution for how to get busy, but it's not very "touchy feely."

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: There is No Dana. There is Only Zuul Edition.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the legacy of actor, writer, director and Ghostbuster Harold Ramis, Disney's latest animated juggernaut, and why writers are the worst procrastinators.


The Takeaway

The Art of Procrastination

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Takeaway has been meaning to do a story on procrastination for a while — they just haven't gotten around to it. But philosophy professor John Perry assures us that this is not unusual. Not only that — Perry says procrastinating isn't as bad as we think.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Procrastination

Friday, October 29, 2010

Putting thing off until the last minute is a compulsion many people share. On this week’s Please Explain, Dr. George Ainslie, Professor of Psychiatry at University of Cape Town, in South Africa, and Dr. Joseph Ferrari, professor of psychology at DePaul University, tell us what causes us to procrastinate, how it affects productivity, and methods for ending procrastination. Dr. Ferrari is the author of Still Procrastinating? The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done. Dr. Ainslie is the author of Breakdown of Will and Picoeconomics.

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The Takeaway

Why I Procrastinate

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Procrastination, thy name is journalism.

In my case, procrastination is a series of behavior patterns that end up delaying important things getting done. It’s been proven again and again that for me, deadline pressure is the fuel that gets the engine to crank. Closer to the deadline, more fuel apparently. The orderly to-do list that looks completely efficient and rational on Monday morning, by Friday, is just some bizarre Magritte painting of an alternate reality. Schedules are better managed moment to moment in the real world. Things get pushed off because reality intervenes. Flexibility-nation not Procrasta-nation. I know which flag I wave.

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The Takeaway

Why Do We Procrastinate?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Why put off until tomorrow what you can postpone until next week? It’s the motto of many a procrastinator and something that most of us have said at one point or another.

Is procrastination such a bad thing? Don’t some of us actually work better under pressure?

And we're asking you: Do you procrastinate? And what do you do to overcome it? Weigh in and read the stories and tips.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Explain How to Deal With Procrastination

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We're talking about procrastination on today's show. We asked those of you who are procrastinators to tell us your stories of putting things off (and you didn't blow us off until later).