Solving the Procrastination Puzzle

A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change
by Timothy A. Pychyl | Tarcher © 2013 · 128 pages

EVERYBODY procrastinates. And this "concise guide" by Timothy Pychl, Ph.D.--one of the world's leading procrastination experts--helps us solve the procrastination puzzle. Big Ideas we explore include IF ... THEN (<-- huge!), Just getting started (vs. Just doing it), the horror of "It will just take a minute," why multitasking is a myth, and why it's best to be nice to yourself when you stumble.

This book provides a concise summary of key strategies to reduce procrastination in your life.
Timothy A. Pychyl

“If you are reading this, it is probably because you are bothered by procrastination.

You may even be reading this because you are procrastinating right now. You are avoiding some other task. I want to make the time you spend off task, right now, worthwhile.

That is the purpose of my writing. An hour from now, you will be prepared to act differently. You will be prepared to be more successful in your goal pursuit.

Are you ready to get started? That is one of my most basic strategies: just get started. In this book, I explain why this works and summarize the research evidence for such a simple, practical strategy.”

~ Timothy Pychyl from Solving the Procrastination Puzzle

Timothy Pychyl is a professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa and is one of the world’s leading experts on procrastination. He’s been researching and writing about procrastination for 20 years and distills the absolute best ideas in this great little book.

It’s a fun, practical, super quick read. No excuse to procrastinate on it. :)

If you struggle with procrastination I think you’ll dig it.

Get a copy of the book here, learn more about his research at and check out his Psychology Today Don’t Delay blog on procrastination.

I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!

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About the author


Timothy A. Pychyl

Associate Professor and Director of Centre for Initiatives in Education at Carleton University.