Solving Procrastination was created with a single goal in mind: to help people overcome their procrastination.
Quite a lot of material has already been published on the topic, but most of it missed the mark in some way. As such, the content on this site was written in order to serve as a comprehensive and definitive source which answers three main questions:
- What is procrastination?
- Why do we procrastinate?
- What can we do in order to stop procrastinating?
The knowledge and advice on this site are aimed at anyone who views procrastination as a source of trouble in their life, whether you just want to procrastinate a bit less so you can be more productive, or whether you feel that you must overcome your procrastination because it is ruining your life.
The information on this site is based on the insights from numerous scientific articles on the topic, which represent decades of psychological and behavioral research on procrastination.
If you’re on this site for the first time and you want some guidance on how to get started, simply go to the ‘start here‘ page, which will direct you to the most appropriate source for you.
Frequently asked questions
Why are some of the articles so long?
The main articles on the site are so comprehensive because procrastination is a complex phenomenon, that different people experience in different ways and for different reasons, and because the goal of the site is to provide everyone with a valid solution, regardless of the nature of their procrastination problem.
However, the articles are written in a way that makes them relatively easy to skim through, and you should feel free to do so and focus primarily on the parts that you feel are relevant to you. Furthermore, every article has a section titled “summary and main takeaways” in the end, which summarizes the key points in the article, and the longer articles also have an initial section titled “the short version”, which provides an outline of the full article.
Do you publish new content?
Yes, I occasionally write about new procrastination research that comes out, and explain its implications for people who want to stop procrastinating. If you would like to receive a summary of this information directly to your inbox, you can sign up using the form below:
Since I only send a new email once every month or so, if you’d like to see tips on how to stop procrastinating on a more frequent basis, you can also look at the site’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
What sources did you base this site on and how can I find them?
The content on this site is based primarily on the peer-reviewed, scientific literature on the topic.
You can find a full list of the articles that I used on the ‘procrastination research‘ page, which also contains links to all the studies, together with recommendations for key studies that you should check out if you want to learn more about procrastination.
In addition, links to these studies appear throughout the articles on the site where relevant, and serve as a form of more direct referencing.
Can I share material from this site?
Feel free to share original images from this site or brief excerpts of texts, as long as you explicitly credit the site (Solving Procrastination) and link back to the relevant page where the content appears. If you’re not sure which page to link to, simply link back to the site’s homepage (https://solvingprocrastination.com), or contact me to ask.
Can I republish your articles?
If you would like to republish any of the articles that appear on this site (including cases where you would like to translate them first), please contact me first to ask for permission. I’m generally likely to approve the request, as long as you make sure to explicitly credit the original article (with a link and a clear attribution to the source).
How do I cite your writing in a research paper?
The exact way you should cite it depends on the style guide that you use (APA, MLA, etc.). However, in general you should use ‘Solving Procrastination’ as the name of the website/publisher, and ‘Itamar Shatz’ as the name of the author.
In terms of date of publication, some of the articles include this information directly underneath the title. For articles that don’t have a listed date, the date of publication is 2018. If you’re unsure about the date, feel free to send me a message, and I’ll confirm it for you.
Also, keep in mind that you should generally include the date at which you accessed the article as part of your reference, in addition to the date of publication, and include a URL of the article, in addition to the title.
What can I do if I have a question or a comment?
Simply send me a message through the contact form. I’d be happy to hear any thoughts you have.
Who is behind this site?
My name is Itamar Shatz. I’m currently a PhD candidate at Cambridge University, and I also author a blog called Effectiviology, where I write about science and philosophy that have practical applications.