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Procrastination: Why You Do It, What To Do About It Paperback – August 3, 2004
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I'm the founder of Successful Academic Coaching and when I work with graduate students struggling with their dissertations and faculty members trying to publish, I recommend this book frequently. Many of my clients have found this book useful; some swear by it.
The book contains two sections: understanding why we procrastinate, and outlining how to overcome it. It's a quick but useful read; the writing is clear, and the descriptions precise. You will definitely find yourself reflected in the array of problems, excuses, insecurities, stumbling blocks, and workable solutions. Whether you're a graduate student putting off your lit review, or a junior professor agonizing over a grant proposal, you'll discover WHY you procrastinate, and WHAT STEPS you can take to start moving forward.
Fear is the basis of all procrastination, say Burka and Yuen, including fear of failure, of success, and of "losing the battle" - some of us procrastinate to show that we're in control of the situation. "You can't MAKE me do this!" we say, silently, as we refuse to comply with a demanding advisor, a nagging spouse, or even (OK, some folks are REALLY stubborn) an empty gas tank!
The authors include a chapter on delving into your past - family attitudes, school patterns, etc. -- to learn why you've come to use procrastination as your chief coping mechanism. I'm a clinical psychologist, so I believe in understanding the past to understand current patterns -- as long as the insights are followed with action. Fortunately, Burka and Yuen promote action in the second half of their book.
The cures they suggest are realistic. You didn't start procrastinating overnight, and you're not going to quit like that either.Read more ›
If I absolutely had to choose, I would choose "The Now Habit". But I would strongly suggest that you read this book also. It does cover things that the Now Habit does not cover very well.
Our society tends to take a very simple view of procrastination, which can have fairly complex causes. This book helped me understand many of the roots of my behavior and, painfully, I recognized many of my behavior patterns. That alone is "worth the price of admission". This book will help you deal with your procrastination.
In a word, fear is the general cause of procrastination, but the authors do a fine job of unpacking that suitcase. With numerous examples to choose from, it is easy for us procrastinators to find some others who do it our way. And just as interesting, some people do it other ways that we haven't recognized before.
Recognizing we are not alone is really a good first step to moving on.
In the second half of the book, the authors begin to show us how to overcome the inertia of procrastination's gravity. I found the "taking stock" inventory of areas of procrastination very helpful. Following the inventory, they suggest a plan of action and ways to make progress.
Procrastination is a more wide-spread problem than most of us want to admit. Perhaps that's because it hits too close to home. What these authors have done is to bring the problem out in the open and deal with it head-on.
Highly recommended. (Don't put off buying it, now.)
Thanks to authors for writing such a great book :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I literally and ironically put off reading this book for an entire year.
Synopsis: procrastination can be okay for creation, but you have to learn when you are... Read more
Why do people procrastinate.
Definately not because there's
nothing to do and not because of
laziness. Read more
If you are reading this and there is something else you really should be doing.. go do it. This book does not help you get up and start doings things as much as it helps you to... Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by Cory M. Salles
No self help book can help everyone, but if procrastination is a problem give this book a try. It's an easy read that has a lot of helpful advice. Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by Amazon Customer
I agree with the review by DeLonzor - I couldn't bear reading this book because I found the text very "bogged down" myself. Read morePublished on October 11, 2007 by jumpy1
Finally I've found something that can help me overcome the hurdle of procrastination! I know there are different variations and how it affects each of us, but this book outlined... Read morePublished on October 2, 2007 by D. Ehnat
I cant put this book down. If feels as if its talking directly to me and I'm greatful for it. This book has brought me to higher levels of consciousness.Published on May 21, 2007 by SBPrincess
I purchased this book for my brother, but found myself reading every page. I think everyone has a little bit of this book in them. Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by E. Legge