The Art of Overcoming Procrastination with Adam Grant

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Procrastination is associated with laziness by many, but the science shows us otherwise – so if procrastinators aren’t lazy then why do we assume they are, what can you do about your procrastination if you want to change it, and why is now the best time to overcome your procrastination habit?

What to Listen For

  • What can you do today to overcome your procrastination habits?
  • How do we redesign jobs that now have to operate from a distance?
  • Why is it more challenging to work remotely and what can you do to overcome them so you don’t lose your job?
  • What questions can you ask someone to help them figure out what motivates them so you can help them become a happier and more productive employee?
  • What can we do as leaders to help our coworkers and employees grapple with the loneliness that accompanies working from home for many people?
  • What is one of the most powerful antidotes to loneliness that we can give people any time?
  • What simple exercise can you go through with your employees or coworkers to immediately improve their creativity and productivity?
  • What can you do to immediately win the battle over procrastination while you’re working from home?
  • How can you break down your procrastination into understandable chunks so you can easily overcome them?
  • What does the science say about the ideal workplace environment so you can make your office more conducive to your work?
  • What should we be most concerned about as we come out of this quarantine and will we be able to return to normal?


If you find yourself procrastinating, it’s not necessarily a problem with your work ethic, but can certainly be a problem with your ability to regulate your emotions. When confronted with a task that makes you feel uncomfortable (angry, uncertainty, frustrated, annoyed, anxious, etc), procrastination can kick in to help you avoid feeling those things. So what can you do to mitigate these responses and overcome your procrastination before it costs you an awesome opportunity? Tune in to find out!

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Resources from this Episode

Adam Grant’s website

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

Core Confidence

Worklife – a podcast hosted by Adam Grant

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AJ Harbinger - author of 1153 posts on The Art of Charm

AJ Harbinger is one of the world’s top relationship development experts. His company, The Art of Charm, is a leading training facility for top performers that want to overcome social anxiety, develop social capital and build relationships of the highest quality. Raised by a single father, AJ felt a strong desire to learn about relationships and the elements that make them successful. However, this interest went largely untapped for many years. Following the path set out for him by his family, AJ studied biology in college and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan. It was at this time that he began to feel immense pressure from the cancer lab he worked in and began to explore other outlets for expression. It was at this point that The Art of Charm Podcast was born.

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