W10 – How to Overcome Procrastination and Increase Your Productivity

W10 – How to Overcome Procrastination and Increase Your Productivity

Thursday, Oct. 19
15:45 – 16:45 (1 hr)
Meeting Room: Beluga (3rd floor – B Tower)
Joseph Sadek*, MD, FRCPC, DABPN Professor of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University

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At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 1) Describe important causes and effects of procrastination; 2) List useful steps in increasing work efficiency and overcoming procrastination; and 3) List some scales that are used to assess procrastination.

Procrastination is a prevalent form of maladaptive behavior and self-regulatory failure that is not entirely understood. Some researchers defined procrastination as a tendency to delay important tasks despite the negative consequences. A meta-analysis of procrastination’s possible causes and effects showed that strong and consistent predictors of procrastination were “task aversiveness, task delay, self-efficacy and impulsiveness, as well as conscientiousness and its facets of self-control, distractibility, organization, and achievement motivation.” Research guided by self-determination theory has focused on the social-contextual conditions that improve the natural processes of self-motivation and healthy psychological development. This workshop examines the different theories of procrastination, provides a link to different psychiatric disorders, and suggests specific management strategies for each condition.


  1. Symptoms on the relationship between procrastination and internalizing symptoms in the general adult population. Front Psychol 2021;12:708579.
  2. Steel P. The nature of procrastination: a meta-analytic and theoretical review of quintessential self-regulatory failure. Psychol Bull 2007;133(1):6594.