Book Review: The Procrastination Equation, by Dr Piers Steel

Why are you reading this review? Is it because you’ve chanced upon it, or because you’ve actively sought out this book on this website? Either way, ‘The Procrastination Equation’ by Dr Piers Steel can help you. If you can get around to doing something about it.

Procrastination is the thief of time, or so we all are told. But how much of that is down to us, or down to our lifestyle. In Dr Steel’s book he attempts to understand what procrastination is, why we suffer from it, and why it is so important that we get rid of it. He tries to encapsulate all of his knowledge and understanding about procrastination into a simple equation that we can all understand. This then (hopefully) gives us all the weaponry to combat what is in certain circumstances a delibitating and regressive part of our nature.

Motivation = (Expectancy x Value) / (Impulsiveness x Delay)

With this equation, Dr Steel identifies that there is a sliding scale of four variables that end up defining our motivation for a particular task or event. My favourite one is that of a student writing a report for some college work that has to be in by the end of the month. Generally what happens is that nothing will be done until a couple of days before, and then the student will crash-write the whole report because they know that it’s due imminently. This is a classic example, that with a few graphs can be shown to be true.

The book is well written, and logical in its structure which assist the reader in understanding what is an increasingly important concept. If procrastination can be reduced or avoided, then we can all achieve more and be healthier for it. From first reading about Dr Steel’s ideas I have managed to learn a few things myself – mainly turning off the TV and planning more things to do in the time I have created.

This is a book that is well worth the cover price, and one that everyone should read. If they can be bothered…

Book:  The Procrastination Equation – Dr Piers Steel

Total Mark:  4/5

Review By: Will Roney

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