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Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now Paperback – December 23, 2008
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“This book succeeds on many levels. It is a useful self-help guide for general readers and the lay public. Mental health professionals…will find innovative ideas and sage advice.”
Louisiana’s Acadiana Lifestyle, April 2010
“Read it. Now.”
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I have read tons of productivity books such as Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (my favorite of all of them), The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, etc. And although most are great at helping you set up a system, they don't really help you get and STAY motivated. Of course, I always get a boost after reading a wonderful get up and go book, I just find myself after a month or even a week losing my way.
That is until I read this book.
I have been so, so, so much more productive the last few months. I was trying to figure out why and it donned on me it was this book! For the first time in my life, I find myself stopping to see why I'm procrastinating on something. It may not sound like a big thing but that one act of figuring out what it is that is preventing me from doing what I need/want to do enables me to actually do it!
Even the fact that I'm actually filling out a review just shows you that I'm not procrastinating any more (I always say I'm going to leave a review for any product I buy on Amazon since its the reviews that help me in purchasing products - you know - give back).
I didn't follow the 2 step program in the back of the book so I can't attest to the efficacy of that program. But considering how impactful just reading the book is, I'm sure its great.
Key notes from my reading included:
Your brain is always changing, so you can change procrastination.
Procrastinator are often high achievers who appear to be doing fine (to others), but who are internally riddled with self-doubt.
Not everything you do has to be perfect.
Break up activities into manageable chunks of time as soon as you know your deadlines - plan it out.
I'm a maladaptive perfectionist - I have high standards, which I never meet due to self-criticism.
Stop and take time to acknowledge the small steps along the way to a big goal, instead of worrying about the end product. This will help actually get to the end product/state.
There are hundreds of tips that I found useful - the above are only a few. Bottom line is that I am now better equipped to rationally approach time. I have a few new tools for managing my deadlines, both self-imposed and inflicted by others. I'd definitely buy the book again despite the fact that a few chapters were not useful to me - the ones that were contained numerous nuggets of wisdom and a few moments where I thought - oh, so that's why I do that.
Knowing is half the battle. I had a major term paper due while reading this book, and I started it earlier than I would have otherwise because of my new awareness. I finished a few hours early - maybe not exciting to others - however, I have a long history of asking for extensions because I waited till the last minute.
If you are late for everything and have trouble finishing projects, this book is worth ten bucks, and probably a lot more. Don't put off buying it!
The book is broken up into several sections, which are very interesting (especially when read in sequence). The book explains various types of procrastination, and uses examples along the way. The author goes through a pretty exhaustive list of different types of procrastination, and explains methods to make yourself more 'aware' of when you're procrastinating.
After explaining the various forms of procrastination, the author discusses various ways to beat procrastination. The main concept through this part of the book to know that:
In order to beat procrastination, you must first realize WHEN you are procrastinating, and WHY. Once you know those two things, you can mentally adjust your actions and quickly recover from your procrastination behavior.
As I said before, this was a great book. It has really changed my behaviors over the past several months, and has been a great win in my personal life. I highly recommend it.