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The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done Paperback – January 3, 2012
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According to Steel, an expert on procrastination, about 95 percent of us procrastinate. About a quarter of us are chronic procrastinators, having finely honed the art of putting things off. But why do we do it? It’s not like we don’t know there are things we should be doing and things we shouldn’t. So why do we spend time doing the wrong things? Steel’s explanation, which should come as a relief to some, is that procrastination is an evolutionary feature, a sort of biological imperative. Drawing on research from a variety of sources, Steel takes us through the history of procrastination, showing how it has become, in modern times, a serious problem that leads to increased health troubles, loss of productivity, and unnecessary poverty or depression. Fortunately, he also suggests ways we can stop procrastinating and get ourselves on track. A useful, eye-opening book. Now, if only the people who most need to read it could find the time to do so. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“The Procrastination Equation is this season’s must-read self-help book. In addition to offering useful strategies to fight a common problem, it’s a fascinating read.” (Montreal Gazette)
“An upbeat, motivational guide to procrastination. . . . Everything you ever wanted to know about procrastination but never got around to reading.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Why you ‘put off till tomorrow what you can do today’ forms the crux of Steel’s book, in which he not only answers that question but details specific techniques to reign in the impulse. . . . Offers good advice.” (Library Journal)
“Procrastinating just makes unpleasant tasks worse, so why is it so hard for us to resist dithering and delay? The Procrastination Equation is crammed with surprising insights about procrastination and human nature -- as well as concrete, helpful solutions for fighting procrastination.” (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project)
“Procrastination is the saffron spice of human behavior, where even small amounts of this tendency can shatter the best of intentions. In this illuminating book Piers Steel shows us the secrets of procrastination, how it affects us and how we will, one day, be able to prevail.” (Dan Ariely, author of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational)
“The Procrastination Equation will teach you how to bust the excuses that are preventing you from doing your best work and living your best life. . . . So don’t put it off any longer. Read this book. Today.” (Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind)
“I put off writing this blurb ‘til the last minute. I thought it was because I was too busy but after reading The Procrastination Equation, I know the real reasons. Piers Steel will help you tackle the goals . . . that always seemed . . . out of reach.” (Richard Florida, author of The Great Reset)
“A useful, eye-opening book.” (Booklist)
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