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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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The message, tone and style won't be for everyone, but it works for those of us who need a heart-centered approach. Start reading, notice what resonates, and when a possible option occurs to you, just try it. That's how I have ended up with a system of planning documents that enabled me to make a full stir-fry dinner in the evening in the middle of a work week.
I'm generally too exhausted to cook at night during the week, to the point that food spoils in the fridge because my good intentions to eat healthy just aren't enough. But an affirmation came to me while reading: "When I am crystal clear on the very next step, I can do anything." So I wrote everything down, followed the plan to the letter, and it worked. Doesn't sound like much, but trust me, this is revolutionary in my little corner of the world. The stir-fry was a successful test case, and now I'm working on other plans and things are starting to shift.
I've read a lot of books on procrastination. This one is different.
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.
Be aware that while the The Now Habit offers a good practical approach to fight procrastination, its aim isn't to give very detailed and in-the-weeds tips for getting organized. If you're looking for that kind of detail, I agree with several other reviewers that David Allen's "Getting Things Done" nicely complements Fiore's book.
Finally, can't help mentioning Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." If you're procrastinating, maybe this 300+ pager isn't ideal (and it's also a bit preachy), but it makes at least one key point a bit more directly than Fiore. The advice is not to be so focused on getting things done that you forget to ask "what do I want to do" and "what matters to me." Covey's good reminder is that doing things MORE EFFICIENTLY is no substitute for making good choices in life. Each of these books has its strengths but I think Fiore's is the best place to start. Just hope this doesn't sound like an Amazon pitch ("better together") to buy more books...!
I'll give an example how I changed reading this book:
I went from thinking about how mundane tasks are like getting an oil change and then defeating myself by thinking three steps ahead! "Ugh I have to get an oil change." "My oil light hasn't lit up so I should be fine." "I should wait for a discount anyway." And thus I didn't get an oil change and the weight was lifted off my chest but my car needed an oil change I just dive into procrastination like a heroin addict dives straight into heroin. I hate to use a serious drug addiction as an analogy but it really was that bad, I was addicted to procrastination, it simply made me feel good. Buy this book, take it seriously, and it will change you.
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