Media Stories

Procrastination fascinates everyone, so it’s not surprising that Dr. Pychyl is interviewed for newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Below is a sample of interviews, articles and features. You may find these to be helpful short summaries of key ideas.

Decluttering? Experts advise that you keep the memories, trash the stuff in Property360.

This is what happens to your brain when you procrastinate by Stephanie Vozza in FASTCOMPANY

Three tips to help you fight procrastination by Cey’na Smith in VOX Magazine

How to Stop Feeling Lazy and Become More Motivated by Sarah Digiulio in Goodhousekeeping

The Secret Tip To Beating Procrastination, Says Top Psychologist in Eat This, Not That! by William Mayle

Simple Ways to Get Fitter That Aren’t Exercise, Say Experts in Eat This, Not That! by William Mayle

The Secret Reason Why You Never Get Anything Done, Say Psychologists in Eat This, Not That! by William Mayle.

Why we procrastinate on the tiniest of tasks in BBC WORKLIFE by Mark Johanson.

Why procrastination is about managing emotions, not time in YEREPOUNI NEWS by Christian Jarrett.

My nest is empty, but the stuff remains. Why is decluttering so emotionally fraught? in The Washington Post (Home & Garden) by Bonnie Miller Rubin

Are you procrastinating more? Blame the pandemic in   – Science by Nicole Johnson

Procrastination and Decision Making: Finding the Way in Slaw Canada’s online legal magazine by Ian Mackenzie

Can’t Stop Procrastinating? Disrupt the Cycle with One Question in INVERSE by Ali Pattillo

The pull of procrastination in University Affairs by Kerry Banks

Why are some people better at working from home than others? in BBC BEYOND THE 9-TO-5 by Meredith Turits

Tame the procrastination monster in the Standard-Examiner by Dallin Christensen.

Procrastinate Much? Manage Your Emotions, Not Your Time in The New York Times by Adam Grant

Confront your fears . . . and four other ways to stop procrastinating. in The Guardian by Elle Hunt.

I Hated My Cluttered House, But I Hated Organizing Even More – Until Now. in CHATELAINE by Beth Hitchcock.

Procrastination Problem? Tim Pychyl Knows Why in Carleton University feature story by Leah Coppella

Why procrastination is about managing emotions, not time in BBC Worklife by Christian Jarrett

Do you procrastinate because you can’t manage your emotions? in CBC LIFE by Eva Voinigescu

When Productivity Tools Become an Emotional Crutch in Medium by Sara Zarr

Why do tomorrow what can be done today? in The Guardian by Susie Mesure

I Saw These 7 Words Written on a Wall at Facebook’s HQ. It’s the Cure for Procrastination in by Scott Mautz

Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control) in The New York Times By Charlotte Lieberman

Why in the world do we wait until the last minute? in the Khaleej Times

Is procrastination friend or foe to health and creativity? in Rural Messenger

Procrastination isn’t a time management problem. It’s an emotional problem – and this is a research-backed solution in BUSINESS INSIDER by Sam Kemmis

6 Science-backed Reasons You Keep Procrastinating — and What You Can Do to Beat It Once and for All in Business Insider

Just Do It: How to Work When You Really Don’t Feel Like It in Entrepreneur

You should be working rather than reading this article in MetaFilter

5 tips to fight procrastination in Grad School in University Affairs by Tara Siebarth

Procrastination: It’s Pretty Much All In Your Mind, BBC News – Health

7 principes de psychologie pour vaincre la procrastination in HuffPost Blog by Sylvie Gendreau

Understanding and dealing with your procrastination…maybe later in the Charlatan by

Apple Skirts Tech Addiction Issue in Response to Worried Investors in TECHNEWSWORLD by John Mello

It’s Now or Never . . . How To Stop Procrastinating in The Daily Eye

Who Needs the New Year? Why Today is Always The Best Time To Change  Prototypr

Scientifically Proven Ways to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions COOL MATERIAL

The Secret to Actually Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions, According to Science  Reader’s Digest by Hana Hong

What is Procrastination and How Can We Solve It?  Bloglikes

Are you planning a new year, new me revolution?  In the Rosebank Killarney Gazzette

Why Your Brain Makes New Year’s Resolutions Impossible to Keep (and What You Can Do About It)  Posted by December 31, 2017 in Sci-Tech, Science

7 (totally doable) New Year’s resolutions that will change your life

The Reason Why You Never Follow Through with Your New Year’s Resolutions ODYSSEY by Ananya Jain

Start the Year off Right. New Year, new you? 5 secrets to mastering change  Muscatine Journal by Michelle Drover


Stop Procrastinating with a Research-Backed Mental Visualization Exercise in Government  Executive by Lila MacLellan.

Can procrastination be prevented? MiNDFOOD

The concept of productive procrastination is a myth in QUARTZ at WORK by Lila MacLellan

World Class PerformersInterview with Dr. Tim Pychyl

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Are you a procrastinator? These 5 Research-Backed Tips Could Change That in Arabia Inc, by Dana Severson

Why it feels good to flake – even on our own goals by Deborah Lynn Blumberg

Addicted to Distractions? with Michelle King Robson & Dr. Pamela Peak

Mindfulness: Key for Pushing Past Procrastination with Michelle King Robson & Dr. Pamela Peak

The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop Washington Post by Ana Swanson

Women’s Perfectionism: Is a Quest for Perfection Keeping You from Your Goals? and Why are you always Cleaning? HERRadio (

Why you love to procrastinate and what you can do to stop  Latest Nigerian News

How to keep your new year’s resolution Canadian Living by Kate Daley

Cultural Procrastination: The Psychology Behind New Year’s Resolutions Toronto Star by Katrina Clarke

Seven habits of super productive people The Huffington Post by Amber Brenza

Tips for New Year’s Resolutions that Won’t Dissolve by Spring Tufts University School of Medicine

Here’s why it’s so easy to procrastinate

“How long does it take to lose a skill?”  Hopes&Fears ( by Mike Sheffield (Deputy Editor)

Review of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle

CFRA 580 Radio show with Rabbi R. Bulka

For Tech-Savvy Teens and Tweens, TV and Music Still Rule Common Sense Media by John Mello,

5 Ways to Cure Chronic Procrastination Business Matter 

Why I Can’t Stop Procrastinating Choices by Margaret Kaminski

8 Psychology Hacks to Increase Your Creativity and Productivity Fox News  

5 signs you’re procrastinating and how to stop CNN Health Today by Carina Stors

KQED’s live radio show  Forum hosted by Michael Krasny

“How long does it (really) take to break a habit?”  Hopes&Fears by Alison Nastasi

To stop procrastinating start by understanding what’s really going on Wall Street Journal (London) by Shirley Wang

Cuantos dias se necesitan para cambiar un habito?   El Mercurio (Chile) by Guillermo Tupper

Top 7 Tips To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions EVERYTHINGZOOMER.COM by Diane Sewell

How We Trick Our Brains Into Feeling Productive FastCompany by Jane Porter

Why Your Brain Loves Procrastination VOX by Susannah Locke

5 Tricks to Stop Procrastinating for Good TIME by Barbara Stepko

Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind BBC FUTURE by Caroline Williams

The Beautiful Life of Your Brain Reader’s Digest by Kimberly Hiss

Dr. Procrastination CTV News by Joel Haslam

6 Ways to Lighten the Weight of Guilt The Huffinton Post by Lindsay Holmes

3 Ways to Avoid Distraction and be More Productive Entrepreneur

10 Ways to Actually Get Sh*t Done! Archetypes by Michele Laufik

14 Signs You’re Really Happy (And How to Stay That Way) The Huffington Post By Lindsay Holmes

Cure Your Procrastination What are you waiting for? RadioMD HerRadio

How to Stop Procrastinating MEN’S JOURNAL by Melaina Juntti

To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair Wall Street Journal by Sue Shellenbarger

Sloth: To Stop Procrastinating, Focus on Emotions Scientific American MIND by Sandra Upimage of the cover of Psychological Science Observerson

Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination Association for Psychological Science Observer by Eric Jaffe

Psst, procrastinators:Here’s why you still haven’t done your taxes NBC News by Melissa Dahl

Most RRSP contributors wait for the last two weeks; TD Survey National Post by Melissa Leong

A surprising antidote to procrastination START IT UP by Jessica Stillman

Treat your future self better – stop procrastinating now Globe & Mail By Beverley Smith

How I finally got around to getting my driver’s license Globe & Mail By Courtney Shea

What are YOU waiting for? Procrastination DeconstructedHealthwise Ottawa By Debra Huron

What’s the hold up? The science of procrastination WHYY Radio (Philadelphia) Why doing your

taxes may be good for your health FreshBooks Blog by Sandy Braz

Can’t get around to doing your taxes? Join the club. Globe and Mail by Roma Luciw

Why you procrastinate and how to stop msnbc Today Health by Jennifer Nelson

7 tax personality types The Daily Beast By Farnoosh Torabi

Three words to a good life: Just do it Toronto Star By Jessica Hume

Holiday procrastination: Delay can pay NPR (Tell me more) Host: Michel Martin

Professor links putting off work to fear of failure The Toronto Star By Trish Crawford

Earnings and yearnings: The freelance Personality Psychology Today By Amy Rosenberg

A paralyzing fear of filing taxes The New York Times By Charles Delafuente

The popular practice of putting stuff off The New York Times By Alina Tugend

Procrastination: Ten things you should know Psychology Today By Hara Estroof Marano

Six Steps to help you beat procrastination and Getting things done Ottawa Citizen by Donna Jacobs

How to put work off – Constructively by Cari Tuna The Wall Street Journal (for more on this see the NPR interview below)

Six Steps to help you beat procrastination and Getting things done Ottawa Citizen by Donna Jacobs

How to put work off – Constructively by Cari Tuna The Wall Street Journal (for more on this see the NPR interview below)

Interview and call-in with Dr. Tim Pychyl & Dr. John Perry (Stanford)

NPR blog

Procrastination a Personality Trait Ottawa Citizen Jennifer Campbell

Procrastination: The thief of time By Heather Pringle NewScientist

Getting out from under – How to stop procrastinating now By Hara Estroof Marano Psychology Today