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Read how to beat procrastination

Dr. Linda Sapadin's in-depth tome focuses on helping college students


For college students who have a habit of procrastinating while trying to get their schoolwork completed, Dr. Linda Sapadin might have some tips for you in her new book.

Sapadin is a “PsychWisdom” psychologist and coach specializing in helping people overcome self-defeating patterns of behavior to become the best they can be. Her latest book is titled “Overcoming Your Procrastination - College Student Edition!” focuses on how college students can defeat procrastination. 

“I did previously write a book for the general public on procrastination,” Sapadin said. “Even though I started writing this book before the pandemic, I thought that college students could use this especially now during the pandemic with so much Zoom learning going on.”

This is not the first book Sapadin has written on procrastination as she is the author of six other self-help books, including “How to Beat Procrastination in the Digital Age: 6 Change Programs for 6 Personality Styles.”

“I have a private practice and I like to give assignments to people,” Sapadin said. “I saw how much progress people have made in psychotherapy and in all areas of their lives when they don’t procrastinate on the assignments.”

In the book, Sapadin describes tips she has for six different personality types: the perfectionist, the worrier, dreamer, crisis-maker, pleaser and defier. “I wanted to put these different styles out there because we’re not all the same and what works for one person may not work for the other,” she said. “It's not unusual for people to see themselves in different styles, you may dream about some things and worry about other things.”

Sapadin has been honored with Fellow status by the American Psychological Association. She has also been a frequent media guest appearing on the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” the Voice of America and National Public Radio.

What Sapadin hopes college students gain out of the book is the importance of finding what they’re passionate about. “I’d like college students to know that it's really important for them to focus on what is interesting to them and what they want to learn more about,” she said. “But if there are some things that they find boring, stay with it because that might be a part of a program. A life lesson to keep in mind is that we always have to do some things that we don’t like to do.”