Prof. Piers Steel: Stop Procrastinating and Start Getting Things Done at Home | Room by Room #24

In this episode, host Gabriella Joustra is joined by Dr. Piers Steel, a professor of psychology and organizational behavior at the University of Calgary with a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Do you find yourself procrastinating when it comes to home organization? Do you struggle to stay motivated and productive in your daily tasks? Tune in to this captivating podcast episode with Dr. Piers Stee, and host Gabriella Joustra as they explore valuable insights and practical tips on how to overcome procrastination and maintain an organized lifestyle. 

Meet Dr. Piers Steel

Dr. Piers is a distinguished professor of psychology and organizational behavior at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and has authored the critically acclaimed book, The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done. With over 80 published research articles and countless citations, Dr. Piers’ work has been featured in renowned outlets such as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review.

About the episode

In the episode hosted by Gabriella Joustra, Dr. Piers explained the concept of procrastination and its adverse effects on people’s lives. He analyzed the reasons behind procrastination and identified how technology and modern lifestyles contributed to the problem. He also provided practical strategies on how to overcome procrastination and increase productivity.

The conversation then moved to the topic of motivation, with Dr. Piers explaining the different types of motivation and how they impacted behavior. He delved into the role of rewards and punishments in motivating people and provided tips on maintaining motivation over the long term.

Additionally, Dr. Piers discussed the concept of flow, highlighting its benefits and how people could cultivate this state of mind to improve focus and productivity. He also shared personal strategies for keeping his home and workspace organized, providing tips for overcoming the challenges of clutter and disorganization.

In the latter part of the episode, Dr. Piers answered audience questions on motivation, productivity, and procrastination, offering practical advice and engaging insights on how to stay focused and motivated and how to address the root causes of procrastination.

In conclusion

To overcome procrastination, establish well-defined objectives, divide tasks into smaller manageable steps, and acknowledge progress with rewards. Cultivate a productive setting, establish routines, practice self-awareness, discipline, and self-compassion, and prioritize personal values and passions. Gaining a state of flow, marked by intense focus, is achievable through deliberate practice. These tactics enhance productivity and fulfillment, proving valuable when faced with the temptation to procrastinate in the future!

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