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The Worrier's Guide to Overcoming Procrastination: Breaking Free from the Anxiety That Holds You Back (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Gyoerkoe , Pamela Wiegartz
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Book Description

Break the Bonds of Anxiety-Driven Procrastination

You know that postponing things you need to do can result in negative consequences-overdue bills, unhappy supervisors, disappointed friends and romantic partners, and feelings of guilt or dread-but something inside keeps you from taking action. For many of us, that something is anxiety-fear of failure, firmly entrenched perfectionism, or even fear of success. With The Worrier's Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, you'll develop the skills you need to understand and conquer the anxiety that lies at the root of your chronic avoidance. These proven skills for overcoming procrastination will help you to work productively, enjoy guilt-free leisure time, and free yourself from the anxiety that holds you back.

Use this effective program to:

  • Identify the specific reasons behind your procrastination
  • Eradicate the negative thinking patterns that fuel anxiety
  • Set goals for boosting your productivity and improving time management
  • Make the commitment to change your habits for good


Editorial Reviews

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Wiegartz and Gyoerkoe have written an invaluable guide for overcoming problems with procrastination in the context of worry and anxiety. The book teaches readers to understand why they put off tasks and provides them with effective, step-by-step strategies for dealing with procrastination and overcoming anxiety and perfectionism, which often contribute to procrastination. I highly recommend this book for anyone whose anxiety prevents them from getting things done. Don't put it off-read this book now!
Martin M. Antony, Ph.D., ABPP, professor in the department of psychology at Ryerson University and author of When Perfect Isn't Good Enough and The Anti-Anxiety Workbook

Problems associated with chronic procrastination have been largely overlooked in self-help literature. Drawing upon the latest findings from clinical research, Pamela Wiegartz and Kevin Gyoerkoe provide practical tools to help people make timely decisions and stop putting important aspects of their life on hold.
C. Alec Pollard, Ph.D., director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and professor of family and community medicine at Saint Louis University

In a straightforward and practical manner, Wiegartz and Gyoerkoe have provided a highly useful set of tools for helping readers overcome the widespread problem of procrastination. Not only do they address the basics of goal setting, motivation, and how to use established cognitive and behavioral methods, they also incorporate newer approaches, such as mindfulness, into this easy-to-read book.
Cheryl Carmin, Ph.D., director of the stress and anxiety disorders clinic and the cognitive behavioral therapy program at the University of Illinois at Chicago

About the Author

Pamela S. Wiegartz, Ph.D., was an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she taught courses on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and directed the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) clinic for over a decade. She is a certified fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and serves on the scientific advisory board of OCD Chicago. Wiegartz is also actively involved in clinical research and is a cognitive behavioral consultant on grant-funded projects related to perinatal depression management and self-care. A licensed clinical psychologist, she maintains a practice dedicated to treating individuals with anxiety disorders in the greater Boston area. She is coauthor of 10 Simple Solutions to Worry. Visit her online at www.anxietyandocdtreatment.com.

Kevin L. Gyoerkoe, Psy.D., is codirector of the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center, a clinic specializing in treating anxiety with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). He is an assistant professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he teaches courses on CBT. Gyoerkoe is certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and serves on the scientific advisory board of OCD Chicago. He is coauthor of 10 Simple Solutions to Worry.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1319 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Workbook edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD63T8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strikes at the Roots of Procrastination August 27, 2011
Format:Paperback
There is a famous quote from Henry David Thoreau: there are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. The beauty of this book is that it helps the reader to understand the roots of procrastination, thereby giving them the tools to overcome it. The book shows how when procrastinators put things off, it's not the tasks they are avoiding first and foremost, but rather the *anxiety* they feel when working on them. Avoiding tasks because of anxiety in turn creates a viscous cycle because putting the tasks off usually creates further anxiety.

The book helps the reader to understand the source of their anxiety, and provides steps for overcoming it. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helped me understand reasons for procrastination February 22, 2012
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I never in my life would have referred to myself as a perfectionist, but this book has helped me to understand why I've been locked in a never-ending cycle of procrastination for so long. I even spent a year in therapy trying to figure out why I procrastinate, and this book and a couple of others have really helped me to understand the deeper issues. I think this book is going to be a valuable tool for me to work on facing the things that I always avoid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book that I could find April 24, 2014
By Elijah
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So many books in this field are written by motivational speakers and non-professionals. And, they get stellar reviews because they write stuff that SOUNDS like the right answer. They provide fun reading and gets people pumped up. But, they all lack substance and do not lead to a solution. It's really sad to me how many people give money to these quacks.

But, just because they have a license or a PhD, I'm not saying that you should buy their book. On the contrary, most of the ones written by psychiatrists and PhD's don't really provide true solutions to the problem. They say idiotic things like "just do it". Or, if you don't take that first step, you're not really committed in solving your procrastination problem. They're only a little bit better than the motivational speakers.

This book is the first book I've found (and I've read about 10 of these) that provides some meaningful solutions. However, I should give this book 4 stars because it doesn't explore these solutions deeply enough. It's very cursory. But, I had to give it 5 stars because the books out there are such garbage, that this one stands out.
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