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I can't say that I suffer from *terrible* procrastination, but the truth is, if I have a project I'm not 100% keen about I'll find ways to them it off. Fortunately, there are several of the 23 anti-procrastination habits that I can easily incorporate into my life. Of all, though, my favorite is the Single-Handle Process. That means when something crosses my desk, just do it now instead of putting it aside until a more convenient time. This one good habit keeps me from multitasking, a bad habit that gets me into overwhelm and excessive tiredness.
Although Prioritizing is another of the good habits, I've never found it works well for me because I tend to give everything a #1 or A rating. Then I'm stuck trying to figure out which of the #1s is the REAL #1. However, a habit I've used in the past and can really relate to is APH #19: Develop Project-Based Skills. For me this means becoming a good project manager, recognizing what I can or can't do, or what needs to be delegated and what needs my own attention. The Blueprint step that's a part of APH #19 is excellent - it's this level of detail attention that I know will help me immensely. That's because I know a lot of my procrastination is directly related to being in overwhelm with the size of a project.
While you may not use every single one of the 23 anti-procrastination habits, I can guarantee you'll find at least a valuable handful that will get your project out of the same step you've been stuck on for weeks. Lastly, I want to commend the author for his reference to the TED talks - I've used them to inspire myself - and I'm thrilled to see them included in this book. TED talks can get you motivated and moving forward like little else.
Some of the advice in the book we've all heard before, but some of it is valuable. Why do we procrastinate? Sometimes it's because the task seems too overwhelming. This guide tells you some ways to overcome that. For example, break a large chore into smaller tasks. Many of us have tried this, at least mentally. But have you ever written these small steps down? Most of us haven't.
Here's an example. I've been needing to clean out my garage all year. I never started because I just don't want to devote a full day on a weekend. I'll get to it sometime, I tell myself. Maybe when it's warmer. After reading this, here's what I tried. Write down all the little tasks, and assign times to them. Like...
Gather some trash bags (2 minutes)
Pull out all 10-12 storage totes, open them (3 mins)
Anything in them I don't need? Put in trash bag (5 mins)
Condense all totes, making about five empty ones (10 mins)
Gather random extension cords (garden hoses, etc) (5 mins)
Put like items together, put in empty totes (10 mins)
Label the totes with masking tape and a marker (5 mins)
Screw hooks into the walls to hang up bicycles (20 mins)
Sweep (5 mins)
Haul trash bags to curb (3 mins)
So I spent five minutes actually writing down these simple tasks. Then I added up the estimated times. Wow, I should be able to get my garage cleaned out in less than an hour!
The trick is to just get started. Tell yourself that you can stop anytime. If you only get the first two items on your list done, oh well, you've only spent five minutes and that's more than you've done all year. But chances are, after you start, your momentum will kick in and you'll just keep rolling.
There's something mentally satisfying about lining through items on a to-do list. And before you know it, you've done the whole list. You've spent an hour or so, and your garage looks 100% better than it did just 60 short minutes ago.
And if you're creative, you can apply this method to almost any chore. This is just one of the methods in the book. Pretty soon I'm going to read the rest of it. And maybe in a few months I'll get my basement cleaned up as well.
Overall, this is a pretty simple book but I'm glad I bought it.
Cons: I don't count 23 different valid habits or even close. Just a handful of different tips reworded. Lots of redundancy and it's often hard to wade through. Too much fluff. Not a good reading style for a person who has difficulty with procrastination. I often felt buried or lost. I don't feel like I learned anything new. I've seen it before. I was tempted to get a refund but never got around to it.