As we have explained in other parts of the website, research is a way of learning in the research group. Some of this learning is captured in theses, some in conference presentations and some of this work goes on to be published in peer-reviewed journals. Below is a list of our research publications and conference […]


Welcome to the Procrastination Research Group (PRG). Over the past 20 years, our exclusive focus has been on researching the breakdown in volitional action we commonly call procrastination. We seek to understand why we become our own worst enemy at times with needless, voluntary delay. Although our research and site originates at Carleton University (Ottawa, […]

Who We Are

The Procrastination Research Group (PRG) began in 1995 when Dr. Pychyl completed his own doctoral work related to goal pursuit and subjective well-being. In his research interviews, a consistent theme emerged in which participants described the difficulty they were having with procrastination on their personal projects and how this procrastination had a negative impact on […]

Media Stories

Procrastination fascinates everyone, so it’s not surprising that Dr. Pychyl is interviewed for newspapers, magazines, radio and television about the research of the PRG. Below are recent and notable interviews, articles and features. 5 tips to fight procrastination in Grad School in University Affairs by Tara Siebarth Procrastination: It’s Pretty Much All In Your Mind, […]

What We Do

Our focus is on conducting research about procrastination. Of course, we read widely on related topics in psychology such as self-control, self-regulation, emotion regulation, willpower, intentions, action, values and goals. Although our focus is on procrastination, we also know a great deal about productivity, whole-hearted living, health and well-being. Why? Well, as Brené Brown has written […]