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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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“Procrastination is not the cause of our problems with accomplishing tasks; it is an attempt to resolve a variety of underlying issues, including low self-esteem, perfectionism, fear of failure and of success, indecisiveness, an imbalance between work and play, ineffective goal-setting, and negative concepts about work and yourself.”
“These fears, Dr. Rubin says, keep us from reaching a level of life where we feel compassion and respect ourselves now—for who and where we are now. This compassion for ourselves is essential in overcoming the underlying causes of procrastination. It means understanding that procrastination is not a character defect; rather, it is an attempt— albeit an unsatisfactory one—at coping with the often incapacitating fear of having our worth held up for judgment.”
~ Neil Fiore from The Now Habit
You ever procrastinate?
Me, too. In fact, I *totally* procrastinated on writing this Note!!! (Seriously. Hehehehe. :)
If you ever find yourself procrastinating more than you’d like, I *highly* recommend the book. It was one of the first books I read on my Kindle and I highlighted nearly the whole thing.
Here are some of the Big Ideas:
1. Fears - + Unproductive relief.
2. Victim/Procrastinator? - Your call.
3. What’re You Doing - With your time?
4. Walking - Across a solid board.
5. One Small Step - And another and…
Here’s to the power of the Now Habit!
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Thank you DR Neil
His proposed strategies are excellent and very do-able: The Unschedule, Reverse Calendar, 3-D Thinking, Flow State, Work of Worrying, and other practical suggestions have revolutionized the way I approach my work and my never-ending to-do list. It's only been a few weeks, but my life has been changed dramatically, already. The work patterns are simple changes, so I have no doubt that these changes will last.
I do believe the book could be better organized, bringing the action points more front-and-center, describing them more clearly and succinctly. Instead, the book starts with a tantalizing heading, then gives up to three pages of back-story before getting to the action steps. I would prefer that the action steps be listed first, then rationale and back-story provided for additional clarification. Also, a summary of all action steps somewhere in the book would be helpful. Nonetheless, I took good notes as I read and carefully extracted what I needed from it. The information in this book is so powerful that I have overlooked the organization and given it five full stars.
If you've ever struggled with procrastination -or simply want to improve your productivity- you MUST read this book! I guarantee that it's different from anything you've read before.
-Susan Kruger,M.Ed., Author of [...]