Book review: The Procrastination Equation

Emma De Vita reviews the new book by Dr Piers Steel

Off the shelf
Off the shelf

Ask yourself how much better your life would be if you didn't procrastinate. According to Dr Piers Steel, the fact that we do it is partly not our fault: it's a behavioural hangover from caveman times, when being easily distracted from a task that didn't need to be completed straight away - which is essentially what procrastination is - enabled us to make the most of immediate opportunities.

Procrastination stops you from behaving in the way you'd really like - as a go-getting high-flyer - and makes you feel guilty in the process. So what can you do you to kick this bad habit into touch?

Start by having confidence in your ability to get stuff done. As Dr Steel writes: "Many procrastinators doubt their ability to succeed and, as a result, stop making the effort." It's also about using your finite resource of energy effectively - and you're less likely to put things off if you find your work challenging rather than boring.

Finally, it's about having more self-control. Put distractions out of reach or indulge in them beforehand, then commit yourself to what you need to get done. If this fails, try making a bet with someone that you won't give in to temptation.

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