- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Putnam-Tarcher; 1st edition (March 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0874775043
- ISBN-13: 978-0874775044
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play Paperback – November 1, 1988
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More About the Author
Neil has published in The New England Journal of Medicine and been cited in the New York Times, London Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
He is researching Optimal Performance in sports, on exams, and in recovery from surgery, chemotherapy and medical procedures. He presents at Behavioral Health conferences internationally.
Neil now conducts seminars and lectures at major universities and corporations and at the University of California, Berkeley Extension - www.extension.berkeley.edu Free articles and videos at www.neilfiore.com
Top Customer Reviews
This book *works*. I am one of those people who would procrastinate so badly on a term paper that it would never get turned in, and I would be wracked with guilt over it. My gpa sometimes dipped below 2.0., but for the past three semesters it has averaged 3.5.
One reviewer below recommends the book "Do It Now," because it has a more "mature" view of the problem. Folks, "Do It Now" will tell you that you're insecure and childish, and that all you need is to realize how silly you're being. At first, it sounds familiar, and for that reason you think it will help. But it doesn't. If you want to feel like procrastination is a hopeless problem that you'll always have, buy "Do It Now." Otherwise, "The Now Habit" is the one that will teach you how to overcome the problem *without* any guilt trips.
Five years ago, I worked at an office job I didn't like much. Since reading Neil Fiore's book, I have written and published two well-reviewed children's books and realized my life-long dream of studying medicine. At the age of 35, I started medical school with no science background or training and in 5 months, I will graduate as an MD. This book allowed me to follow my dreams (thirty minutes at a time) and to acheive them. It can help you do the same.
Do not be fooled by books with flashier covers; it's what's inside that counts. Anyone who procrastinates will recognize themselves in these pages; they will also recognize the feelings of being overwhelmed and paralyzed before even starting a project, and the disappointment in themselves that results from chronic procrastination.
This is a book that actually teaches you to understand yourself, to take care of yourself, and to help yourself develop simple habits that can change your life. This is truly an easy and non-scary program, proving that you don't have to turn your life upside down to turn it around! The words in this book have stayed with me for years, and I carry a little card with reminders from it in my wallet. This program works. Believe me - I learned medicine thirty minutes at a time! And, most importantly, I had lots of time left over for fun.Read more ›
The Now Habit gets rid of a lot of pre-concieved notions about what procrastination is and why we do it. Most books out there try fixing the result of the problem, procrastination. But you can't fix a result without first knowing and fixing the real issue, the problem that created the result.
Fiore makes you re-evaluate yourself and look at what the true problems are. He says "Procrastination is not the cause of our problems,... it is an attempt to resolve... low self-esteem, perfectionism, fear of failure and of success, indecisiveness, an imbalance between work and play, ineffective goal-setting, and negative concepts about work and self." What we are really fighting isn't procrastination, but the things that make us use procrastination as a form of protection for ourselves. He goes on the explain each underlying issue, and how we can overcome those to use the energy we were normally putting in procrastination, into the project itself. He gives you a few tools you can use at your disposal should you ever become stuck and feel like reverting back to your old habits.
I gave this book five stars because it includes all the elements you need to overcome this debilitating habit. It includes proper identification of the problem, explinations on the "why" questions, the effective way of solving the issues, and the tools to do it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is full of advice and practical ideas. Like anything else this is not the answer to everything but it helps.Published 21 months ago by Silvermouse
My husband and I love this book. I have the audiobook version too. It's so practical and easy to follow and this method has improved both our productivity 1000% fold and made us... Read morePublished 22 months ago by WMAK
Neil Fiore offers traditional advice on dealing with procrastination. Nothing wrong with that, especially with the additional detail Dr. Fiore provides. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jerry Saperstein
Like most people I procrastinate, but it got to the point where not only do I procrastinate big projects but everything, literally. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Octavio Lopez Jr
Nothing new in this book but again, I don't think there is a "secret" to things like this. The tittle basically sums up everything but he does share some stories about... Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by hus
If I ever get around to reading it. Maybe then I will write an in depth, comprehensive review...maybe...or maybe not...Published on January 20, 2013 by Ed Williams
Between this book and Getting Things Done" by David Allen . I found that this book solved a mental problem which i didnt know i had , compared to getting thing done book that... Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Raad alkhateeb
Easy to read. Straight to the point. Changed my self-image as a procrastinator in one day. I am well on my way to writing without anxiety already. Thank you, Neil. Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by polarnomad