How to Use Psychology to Solve the Procrastination Puzzle
Tim Pychyl
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Editor’s note: I’m the editor for personal development articles on Medium Members, and I like to put each of those articles in the context of the overall topic. You can find the full list of articles here.

The most important context is that I think Tim Pychyl is a genius. I’ve been on his podcast twice to talk about strategies for replacing procrastination with focus. Each time, I was the guest but walked away feeling smarter.

Based on those two appearances, I’ve taught his techniques to the productivity coaches at Coach.me, applied them to my own productivity practice, and used them with a few hundred people in my personal coaching group. I’ve never highlighted more passages in a Medium article than in Tim’s piece above.

The second most important context is that I built a series of articles around Tim’s piece. Think of Tim as the science guy laying the foundation for what procrastination is and what research says about eliminating it. Then the following articles are more practical — read and apply these if you are serious about being focused and productive:

  1. Skills & Habits: How to Conquer Procrastination with Three Self-Awareness Techniques
  2. Software & Apps (pt 1.): How to Use the Right Tools to Beat Procrastination
  3. Science Fiction: The Mood Repair Device
  4. For Creatives & Artists: How to Overcome the Crushing Burden of the Creative

At least one more piece coming next week.

And, more importantly, I think this was the beginning of a model for doing deep dives: start with the world’s premier expert (Tim), bring in applied experts to cover habits, skills and tools (coaches), recognize that there isn’t one-size-fits-all advice (for example, the creatives piece), drive it home with something that triggers your imagination (sci-fi).

That ability to do a deep dive is why we (Coach.me) thought our partnership with Medium Membership could be special. Having a budget and not having to worry about advertisers, content marketing, SEO, or click-bait calls-to-action means we can just worry about the product. Literally, the only limit is our editorial ability. Hope you enjoy this series and many more to come!

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