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Procrastination - suggested talks

Two contrasting talks on the subject of procrastination. The first introduces the Instant Gratification Monkey, the Panic Monster, The Rational Decision Maker, orange and blue zones and the Dark Playground etc while the second looks behind the reasons for procrastination and encourages us not to make emotional mountains out of molehills.


I listened to multiple talks on the subject this week, and these two twice...perhaps procrastinating rather than getting on and actually write ;-) (but I also was motivated to do some tasks that I have been putting off for some time!)


Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | TED


Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this funny and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window -- and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.


Here's the real reason you procrastinate | Fuschia Sirois | TEDxNewcastle


Many believe that laziness, poor time management, or disorganisation are the reasons why people procrastinate. In this talk, Fuschia will explore the science behind why people procrastinate to reveal the “real” reasons why people unnecessarily delay, the toll it can take, and what you can do to reduce procrastination.


Fuschia Sirois, PhD, is a Professor in Health & Social Psychology at Durham University. For over 20 years she has researched the causes and consequences of procrastination, and in particular the health consequences of procrastination, as well as how emotions play a key role in explaining why people procrastinate. Her research also examines the role of positive psychology traits, states, and interventions for supporting self-regulation and enhancing health and well-being.






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