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The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play Paperback – April 5, 2007
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"It is rare to find a book that translates academically sound research into wise and helpful advice."
—Jeffrey P. Prince, University of California, Berkley
"THE NOW HABIT is the definitive bible for releasing anyone's procrastinating past and becoming a 'producer.' This book is my go-to recommendation to my clients (and myself!) for beating procrastinatiomn and the guilt that comes with it."
—Lisa Rothstein, The DaVinci Dilemma
"I recommend THE NOW HABIT to my coaching clients and friends and family members because it provides clear, practical, effective advice for gettingthings done without beating yourself up."
—Liisa Kyle, Ph.D, co-author of Happiness Awaits You
"If procrastination is a major problem in your life – or even a minor problem – this book is well worth a reading. The techniques in this book are mostly psychological, but that does not mean they’re not incredibly powerful if used appropriately. Plus, the techniques here dovetail well with many other personal development philosophies, so you don’t have to toss out what you already know and what already works for you in order to adopt THE NOW HABIT"
—The SImple Dollar
"’I've found THE NOW HABIT by Neil Fiore, Ph.D. to be a phenomenal resource for many clients who struggle with procrastination. Fiore helps you figure out why you are procrastinating and offers concrete exercises and strategies to overcome the most common blocks to getting started. This is a fantastic book."
—Carrie Spaulding, The Thirty-something Coach
About the Author
Neil Fiore, Ph.D., guides managers, executives, and their employees to new levels of peak performance. Drawing from his experience as a lieutenant with the 101st Airborne Division, a manager with Johnson & Johnson, a statistical analyst for Shell Oil, and a psychologist and career counselor at the University of California, Berkeley, Fiore brings practical tools for life and work to his seminar participants. He holds a doctorate in psychology and a B.S. degree in economics.
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At first I hesitated to read the reviews, because "The Now Habit" just sounded so gimmicky to me. I shudder to think that I would have missed out on finally changing something so close to my core that I never realized it was the root of so much anxiety and lower quality of life.
After reading reviews, I was well... desperate to buy this book. But being cheap and using the super saver option, I was told it would take 8-10 days to get here. So I immediately looked it up at the library, and they had a copy! So I raced down to the city library and signed it out. I was alarmed at the publish date... in the late 80's! Uggg, I had found the previous version. Weighing the investment of time (in reading a version of a self-help book 23 years old), I figured I should probably just read the older version and compare it to the newer version one it arrived.
I was absolutely stunned that this book is perfectly timeless. Reading this previous version just enhanced how potent and accurate the concepts are in this book. I found myself thinking... I could have had a completely different life if I'd found this book all those years ago.
When the new version arrived, I actually couldn't find any difference. There were probably some edits in there somewhere, but even the names and references in some of the charting tools were the same. So I (and you) would do perfectly as well finding that older version at the library. Again, I know I'm probably being annoying at this point - find ANY copy of this book!
The Now Habit does focuses on the root - it deals with the REASONS we procrastinate. It approaches procrastination for what it is - a symptom of a past experience, an irrational fear, or a variety of other reasons. Finally I've found a book that fixes the real problem. The bad habits just melt away afterwards.
I wish I could attach an emotion to my review, to explain how life changing this book was for me. I am a person who deals with concepts and practical wisdom. Dealing with symptoms or gimmicks will never work on me. I need to know what's at the root so that I can change my frame of mind from the ground up.
I am so much happier now and enjoy my time. There's so much less anxiety in my life now - I've pretty much done all that I was procrastinating. I've never felt this way before, and I'm 40.
If you still aren't convinced to buy, at least check the library. Borrow it, buy it, steal it... get this book!
Part hands on technique and part mental meditation, this book's advice might not appeal to some who dislike the idea of focused mental exercises. One good test would be to ask yourself how you feel about positive affirmations (the idea that through telling yourself a positive statement over and over you can influence your thoughts and actions). if you think they can work, you'll love the book. If you don't, you may not get as much out of the brain-training sections.
The only stylistic issue I've noticed is that some people have gotten very irritated by the fact that he uses phrases like "with the Now Habit you'll..." without defining what exactly the now habit was. This irritation probably comes from the fact that he gives no linear step-by-step program applicable to everyone. Instead he takes you through the stages of procrastination giving tips and insights. I actually found this more useful for my own style of learning, but can see why the title would be misleading.
I bought this book in ebook (breaking one of my cardinal rules not to buy ebooks which are expensive than print) because of the transformational experience described by another reader. I was not disappointed. I decided to go back through the book a second time outlining it along the way, and have already found several new insights.