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* ""Still Procrastinating?"" is a thoughtful and powerful resource which shouldn't be overlooked by readers."" (Library Bookwatch, January 2011)

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Stop making excuses and start transforming your life—right now!

"Still Procrastinating? is the first legitimate self-help book I have seen in quite a while, and it is also great fun to read! Buy several copies and give them to your friends, co-workers, employees, students, even family members. Do it now, and you just might be surprised at the changes you see." —Bill McCown, Ph.D., pioneer in the study of procrastination

"With research-based principles and practical applications, this fun-to-read self-help book will inspire any reader to be more successful in all aspects of daily living."—E. Scott Geller, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems, Virginia Tech

"Still Procrastinating? is nothing short of a wake-up call. Whether it is the important responsibilities of your day-to-day life or the dreams of your future, they would be well served by you not procrastinating and getting and reading this book!"—John G. Blumberg, author of Silent Alarm and Good to the Core

"Dr. Joe Ferrari, the leading expert on procrastination, assures readers that procrastination is learned and can be changed. This is a terrific mutual-help book!"—Rebecca Coleman Curtis, Ph.D., author of Desire, Self, Mind, and the Psychotherapies

"What if I fail?" "I'm better under pressure." There are all sorts of reasons people procrastinate. Contrary to conventional wisdom, chronic procrastination is not about poor time management, but about self-sabotaging tendencies that can prevent you from reaching your full potential. This book draws on the author's more than twenty years of scientific research on procrastination in order to help you learn what stops you from getting things done.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470611588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470611586
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Aase Lange on May 21, 2011
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For a purportedly science/study-based book, surprisingly filled with clichés. Lots of unhelpful exhortation on the order of "just get started!" and "just do it". Repeats itself (not in a good way). Blah blah blah.

Much time spent throughout on the downsides of procrastination. This was totally unhelpful and uninteresting to me - I already know procrastination is bad and already spend enough time beating myself up about it!

I think this is why I started this book once before (immediately after purchase) and dropped it before getting a quarter of the way in. It was too boring and especially too depressing. This time around I am skimming more, trying (hoping) to get to the useful bits, if any. [added a bit later: no, actually I did read more than half the book the first time around - I just didn't remember because there were so few memorable/useful bits!! this is RARE for me (to forget having read a book) and shows just how bad it is...]

Some useful points:
- the gap between Behavioral Intent and Behavior. Studies have found that people's attitudes do not directly predict behavior very well. Attitudes predict behavioral intent, which in turn tends to predict behavior. The author suggests that procrastination stems from "the gap" between behavioral intent and behavior. (However, unlike Dr. Pychyl, he does not offer any useful strategies on HOW to do this!)
- "indecisives", or "decisive procrastinators", people who generally have a hard time making decisions, are able to make decisions in a timely, efficient manner when the task is simple, such as sorting cards. similarly, they have the ability to focus, not get distracted, under such clear-cut conditions.
- social indecisiveness - refusing to pick a movie or place to eat, etc.
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I cannot get over how awful this book is. It is amazingly moralistic - almost as if it was written by Puritans - and uses language that is shocking for a book based on academic research. Most of the research quoted is, in fact, tautological. "Procrastinators are often late getting things done." Lots of examples on how procrastinators start doing things later than non-procrastinators and are more stressed than non-procrastinators. Really? I am pretty sure that's the definition of a procrastinator. It's why I bought the book.

The most often suggested solution to procrastination is "not to do it." "Start now instead of waiting." And lots and lots of old tired phrases, like "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today." Really? That's the "solution" book is offering? This isn't any different than centuries of moralizing on procrastination (and other personal challenges), but is sold as a "take-charge guide that will help you stop making excuses and start transforming your life - right now!" UGH! Please! A web-scraping robot searching for dated quotes on procrastination could have put together 80% of this book.

Ironically, the book negatively comments on Burka and Yuen's book "Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now," because it is based primarily on clinical experiences backed up by research. Yet, this book never offers any direct insight from working with people trying to overcome procrastination. All of the comments and "insights" are based on large sample populations with little or no appreciation for differences among people. Examples are often from movies and plays (e.g., The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind).
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jason on September 20, 2010
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Dr. Ferrari has written a fantastic book that covers the topic in much more depth than the traditional self help tome. It picks apart procrastination from multiple angles, each time highlighting the most recent research on why we make the choices we do and the counter-productive excuses that we use to justify them.

For instance, I've always considered myself a night owl, but reading Chapter 7 made me realize that was just a crutch that I have used to justify putting of tasks that I want to avoid. Dr. Ferrari references multiple studies that show that procrastinators often wait to start their tasks at night, while non-procrastinators work earlier in the day, even when they both have the same number of tasks. After reflecting on this and the reasons for the behavior put forth in the other studies referenced in the chapter, I have been able to start challenging my thinking whenever I feel the urge to push tasks out into the future.

The main takeaway for me has been that all of these procrastinating behaviors, and there are many different flavors, are learned behaviors and can be unlearned. Anyone hoping to understand the root of procrastination would do well to purchase this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Emperor on April 1, 2012
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There are some pretty decent suggestions in this book and it is a light and easy read. Unfortunately it is too lightweight. The academic author has pitched it firmly at the self-help market, and the simplistic side of the self-help market at that. He even has quotes from the usual somewhat dubious motivational speakers

It is strange, as he is a respected and much cited academic and can write quite well.
Quite a lot of the book is somewhat rambling and some of the suggestions such as shops giving discounts for people doing their Christmas shopping early is not really relevant to the reader.

There is nothing that bad about this book but I did find it to be quite disappointing. It could have been so much better. I think that it might be quite a good read for students and anyone who hasn't read anything on this subject before.
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