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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757303501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757303500
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dorothy K. Breininger, the owner and executive director of the Center for Organization and Goal Planning, coaches CEO's, high profile celebrities, business entrepreneurs and homemakers on how to conquer procrastination while developing a fulfilling work and home life. Also, a sought-after international speaker, Dorothy serves as a board director for the National Association of Professional Organizers, is a member of the National Association of Female Executives and has appeared on NBC's Today Show, the Dr. PhilShow and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Forbes Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.

Debby S. Bitticks, CEO of Delphi Health Products, Inc., has recently co-authored the following Biobinder's™, Cherished Memories — The Story of My Life which chronicles the journey of one's life and Senior Organizer to guide for seniors or their family members to track medical, financial, legal and daily care plans. Debby has spoken on intergenerational care at the National Council on the Aging in Washington D.C. and has appeared on CNN Financial News, CBS and other cable shows. She has also given numerous national radio interviews. She has received the Blue Chip Enterprise Award given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.

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“Procrastinate” is a verb meaning “to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done.”

Procrastination is as common as there are people on earth. Everyone procrastinates at one time or another. Procrastination is a habit, not a fatal flaw. It is probably the single most common hindrance to effective time management. It takes persistence to change, but you can do it.

Very simply stated, procrastination is the deliberate act of excessive postponing. How much trouble your postponing causes depends to a large degree on the “price you have to pay” for that behavior.

Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. This avoidance can lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression and self-doubt. Procrastination has a high potential for painful consequences. It interferes with professional, academic and personal success. Psychologist William Knaus estimates that 90 percent of college students procrastinate. Of these students, 25 percent are chronic procrastinators and this group is usually the one who ends up dropping out of college.

Not A Time Management Problem

According to Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at De Paul University in Chicago, procrastination is not a time management or planning problem. Procrastinators do not differ in their ability to estimate time, however they may be more optimistic in their ability to complete tasks. “Telling someone who procrastinates to buy a weekly planner is like telling someone with chronic depression to just cheer up,” insists Dr. Ferrari.

It’s A Shift In Priorities

In addition, fear can be a driving force for procrastination. For example, we may worry that we can’t pay our bills next month and begin to work overtime to compensate for that financial shortfall. Suddenly, tasks at home to which we’ve committed, don’t get done and, sadly, we are incorrectly labeled procrastinators. A whole new pattern begins and eventually we do fall victim to the label. So now you know what it is. Find out why it happens.
Don’t wait to find out, turn the page now.

Procrastinators can successfully change the way they live their lives.

From our previous section we know that procrastination is the deliberate act of excessive postponing. But what are the underlying reasons why people procrastinate? We have organized this section into a series of statements and their explanations. Please read them carefully.

In the following exercise, you will find:

  • Examples of common phrases or “excuses” procrastinators use.
  • Supporting “quotes” about the phrases listed.
  • Explanations of the procrastination phrases listed.
  • Sections for you to respond with your own experience in relationship to the particular “excuses.”

Please take the time to explore these sections. They are there to help understand how procrastination affects you.

How Procrastination Works Inside Your Head

A task is a task. It is our “feeling” toward the task that may cause us to procrastinate. Everyday we are confronted with tasks, whether they are writing a paper, cleaning the garage or paying our bills. Inside our heads we deal with feelings about the task that guide what we do. If those feelings are negative, we may put off the task. The result is we can use our feelings to deal with the task rationally or irrationally. The rational voice says, “I hate cleaning the garage, but because company is coming this weekend, I’d better get to it now. You never know what might come up before then.” The irrational voice says, “I hate cleaning the garage and this task is just too big. I have company coming this weekend, but I can avoid taking them in the garage and really, summer is a much better time to be dealing with it.”

©2004. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Time Efficiency Makeover: Own Your Time and Your Life by Conquering Procrastination Dorothy K. Breininger, Debby S. Bitticks. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

More About the Author

Dorothy K. Breininger is one of America's Most Trusted Professional Organizers and 3 time recipient of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-LA) "Most Innovative Organizer Award." She is on a mission to create more space on the planet...

An expert organizer on A&E Television's Emmy-nominated weekly series, "Hoarders," Dorothy also works with corporations, celebrities, individuals, small businesses, busy moms; and of course, operates a hoarding division.

The aging population and their families are especially dear to her heart and she co-authored Cherished Memories - The Story of My Life, The Senior Organizer (HCI) and Time Efficiency Makeover (HCI) with Debby Bitticks and Lynn Benson, and Chicken Soup for the Soul "Life Lessons for Busy Moms - 7 Essential Ingredients to Organize and Balance Your World" (HCI) with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. She produced and hosted a PBS special and co-produced an award-winning documentary - "Saving Our Parents," staring Ed Asner.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By James Watson on May 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I should have known better than reading a book Dr. Phil recommended.

The two authors have NO CREDENTIALS. I thought they were psychologists or something but they are NOT doctors at all. This "book" is just a bunch of blank spaces where you're supposed to write down details about when you've procrastinated and why, with useless quotes on each page about how awful procrastination is. The writing style is unprofessional and confusing. You keep reading and reading, waiting for the information to help you "own your time and your life" but it never comes. Instead you get a series of not-so-subtle quizzes with questions like:

When you have to buy concert tickets, you:

A) Buy them immediately

B) Buy them later when the price increases

C) Forget to buy them

D) Commit suicide

So basically the book's only advice is "stop procrastinating." Very helpful indeed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ayiticherie on June 3, 2009
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This "book" is a total sham. Thankfully I checked this out from the library and did not spend one red cent on this. I am here to do a public service announcement to warn my fellow readers to STAY AWAY from this "book." There are a grand total of three pages which discuss procrastination: Introduction, What is Procrastion, Why does Procrastination Happen. There are four more pages in the Tools for Change section. After that you're on your own folks! The remaining 155 or so pages are filled with nothing but quizzes, a to do list etc. Sheer nonsense. You're better off printing a to do list and conducting some procrastination quizzes for free off of the net.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Huffman on August 28, 2006
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I'm not one to talk negative about something but this book I must. It's not something that I was thinking it would be. I was looking for some educational information about things that need to be thought of in order to not procrastinate. This book is just a question answer book. It'll ask you a question and they are looking for you to respond in the book with notes. Didn't really help me out. That's the only bad aspect with Amazon. You can't open the book and glance through it to know whether you'll like it or not.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Felice on February 18, 2013
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I saw myself on every page of this book and, by going through the exercises, learned many practical ways to conquer procrastination. I can already see differences in my daily life. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who might think they have a problem with time-management, because it reality it may just be that you have a problem with procrastination. And as the author's explain, procrastination is a habit that can be unlearned, but time is a constant. Everyone has 24 hrs in a day, The question is how you use it.
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