- Series: The Instant Help Solutions Series
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Instant Help; 1 edition (November 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626255873
- ISBN-13: 978-1626255876
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Teen's Guide to Getting Stuff Done: Discover Your Procrastination Type, Stop Putting Things Off, and Reach Your Goals (The Instant Help Solutions Series) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Jennifer Shannon, LMFT, is author of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens, The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens, and Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind. She is in private practice in Santa Rosa, CA, and is a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
Doug Shannon is a freelance cartoonist.
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If you are a parent, it can help you to find out what kind of procrastinator your child is. You can then see things from his/her perspective and approach him/her in a way that instead of resistance, naturally promotes collaboration.
Keep in mind that this is a light, introductory approach to procrastination, perfect as a first read, but if you want to dig deeper make sure to check the resources provided in the book or check other titles. I believe this is enough information for teenagers who want to find real solutions and stop the procrastinating cycle. Getting to know the different reasons why people procrastinate while following the stories and reactions of each character is what makes this book special and well suited for teens. It is easy to feel identified with the characters and to pin point the core values that motivate our procrastination. I found this book very practical and easy to approach and can see the potential for a workbook version. I got my eArc from NetGalley
The book breaks down procrasinators into four key categories: The perfectionist, the warrior, the pleaser, and the rebel. Each of these personalities put off tasks for reasons specific to their type: the perfectionist is afraid that what they finish will not be judged well, the warrior doesn't do things unless motivated, the pleaser puts off anything that might make an unpleasant situation with people, and the rebel refuses to do things that are mundane or deemed as 'the same as everyone else.'
Once the types are discussed, including examples of people and the issues they face, author Shannon goes into detail on how to get over the roadblocks of each personality type. The book uses the very popular CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) to encourage teens to be aware of the consequences of procrastination and how avoiding/ignoring the issue snowballs it into something truly problematic.
There are some light illustrations throughout but they are mostly chapter headings and not really relevant to adding to the discussion so much as decorating the pages so they are less text-heavy.
My 14 year old felt that she fit into several of the categories in varying degrees and so was a bit frustrated at the solutions. But she also said it was well written, easy to follow, had some really good points in there, but that it felt extremely repetitive.
In all, both of us do recommend this book to help teens become more aware of their actions and the consequences of letting things snowball. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.