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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 2nd edition (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738211702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738211701
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Metapsychology Online Reviews, 3/24/09
“This book succeeds on many levels. It is a useful self-help guide for general readers and the lay public. Mental health professionals…will find innovative ideas and sage advice.”

Louisiana’s Acadiana Lifestyle, April 2010
“Read it. Now.”
 
Business Today (NC), July 2010
“[A] deeply perceptive book…Show[s] you how to fix this vexing, life-sapping problem.”

About the Author

Jane B. Burka, Ph.D. and Lenora M. Yuen, Ph.D. are psychologists who practice in Berkeley and Palo Alto, California, respectively. They have conducted workshops and seminars for corporate and public groups nationwide.

Customer Reviews

I wish I'd read this book 5 years ago.
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The book explains various types of procrastination, and uses examples along the way.
Randall Degges
Written compellingly and clearly, it's an easy read and gives great advice!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Perkster on October 19, 2012
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As a "I was born late, been late ever since" kind of gal I know a thing or two about procrastination. But I never really knew why I procrastinated.

I have read tons of productivity books such as Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (my favorite of all of them), The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, etc. And although most are great at helping you set up a system, they don't really help you get and STAY motivated. Of course, I always get a boost after reading a wonderful get up and go book, I just find myself after a month or even a week losing my way.

That is until I read this book.

I have been so, so, so much more productive the last few months. I was trying to figure out why and it donned on me it was this book! For the first time in my life, I find myself stopping to see why I'm procrastinating on something. It may not sound like a big thing but that one act of figuring out what it is that is preventing me from doing what I need/want to do enables me to actually do it!

Even the fact that I'm actually filling out a review just shows you that I'm not procrastinating any more (I always say I'm going to leave a review for any product I buy on Amazon since its the reviews that help me in purchasing products - you know - give back).

I didn't follow the 2 step program in the back of the book so I can't attest to the efficacy of that program. But considering how impactful just reading the book is, I'm sure its great.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on April 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Approaching unwelcome tasks with an "I'll do it tomorrow" mindset is not unusual behavior. The problem is, tomorrow quickly becomes today, so the procrastinator sets a new tomorrow goal. This tomorrow goal eventually becomes a next week goal, then a next month goal, then a next year goal - that is, a never goal. Time runs out for everyone, but it does so far more quickly for procrastinators. If you procrastinate, do you know why? Psychologists Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen outline the reasons and roots of procrastination. More importantly, they show you how to fix your vexing, life-sapping procrastination problem. getAbstract suggests that anyone who procrastinates should buy this book. Now would be fine.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By IWon on January 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book explains the complex psychological mechanics behind what we simply call 'procrastination'. It does it so well that we can see procrastination is just an outward symptom of much more complex subconscious processes that go on in our brains.

Highly recommended to anyone who felt, at any time in their life, that they are not living their life to their potential. If not anything else, this will reduce your guilt (by making you understand why you do what you do)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Will on October 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
The authors get into the psychology of procrastination, which no other book I have read does. This helps the reader get to the root of his or her problem. Although a few of the psychological explanations are tenuous at best, most of them are very good and will help many people understand their procrastination. The second part of the book gives actual methods to solve procrastination, which was explained psychologically in Part I. These methods are helpful and realistic (you are not expected to change overnight, and not even within weeks or months). The book was definitely worth the price.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Winston Chan on January 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Like a vast majority of college students, I suffer from procrastination. Throughout my career, I was trapped in a perpetual cycle, where each "end" was another promise to myself to reform my ways and be cured of this disease. Yet after that brief catharsis between the end of a deadline and the approaching of another, I see myself again stuck in limbo, cursing myself in my inability to change. And of course, through this sickness, I can see myself suffer academically and physically, churning out sub-par grades that I hope that I have the capability of doing better. With this in mind, I see this book as much needed medicine.

From the start, you are told that procrastination is something that can be solved (yay!) and has several psychological, cultural, and biological underlying factors than previously thought (I thought it was just my laziness..). The authors then proceed and tell how knowledge of these factors are crucial before you are able to help yourself (uh-oh...I don't like where this book is headed..). Thus the first part of the book is comprised of all the different ways that you procrastinate and finally the book is concluded by how you can overcome these obstacles. All in all, this book was extremely informative (super dense), yet I have a lot of issues with this book.

With the first part of the book, I constantly felt as if I was being pried of my private life. It was as if this book was not a helpful guide, but instead a personal shrink finding the root of all the distress in my life. It then gives a ridiculous amount of examples in restating these different roots that we feel. I found some of it relevant to my life, but it eventually I felt as if it was a chore reading all these problems.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Golladay on September 13, 2010
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I can't say I'd ever rate anything a 5 since it implies perfect but this book is pretty close. Knowing why you do something is a HUGE help in figuring out how to overcome it and this book does an outstanding job of that.
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