Still Procrastinating: The No Regrets Joseph R. Ferrari
with Moe AbdouGuide to Getting It Done (Unplugged)
Dr. Ferrari, I’m delighted to have you join us this morning. What a timely topic as we begin a new year. This issue of procrastination, I think is afabulous topic to talk about specifically with somebody, who in the past25 years has been researching this topic.
Thank you so much for including me this morning and including me in yourprogram. You are correct. It’s a timely processed topic and an issue that arises.It doesn’t ever seem to go away because everybody procrastinates.I would like to talk about today that not everyone is a procrastinator. There are20% of men and women who are chronic procrastinators. This is their lifestyle.You are correct. I’ve been studying this topic for a number of years because myinterest is trying to understand what are the causes? What are theconsequences for these people who are chronic procrastinators?And then I decided to write my book that came out at the end of 2010 called
What I wanted to do was to show the reader that here iswhat we know are the causes and the consequences and here are the curesbased on science. There are so many books out there on procrastination andmost of them take the time management problem approach. That just is notgoing to work.To tell that chronic procrastinator just do it, would be like saying to a clinicallydepressed person, cheer up. That’s not going to work. There is something farmore involved for why people procrastinate than poor time management.
One of the things that might be a good point Dr. Ferrari to start with is,over all of those years I know that there had been about eight books thatyou’ve published on this topic.
Actually three scholarly books on this topic and one popular book. I haveresearched in other domains. It’s eight books but not eight on procrastination.There are books in other areas. I do work on addictions and I do work on senseof community and other areas.
What has changed in your time and in researching this, just about thisnotion of procrastination? Anything changed over all of this time?
That’s a good question. I have heard people say, other people currently saythat we are procrastinating more now than we’ve done in the past. Let me giveyou a little story there. In 2006, I received a phone call from a reporter inConnecticut who tells me, “What do you think of the snooze button, Dr.