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Time Efficiency Makeover: Own Your Time and Your Life by Conquering Procrastination Paperback – May 1, 2005
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About the Author
Debby S. Bitticks, CEO of Delphi Health Products, Inc., has recently co-authored the following Biobinder's™, Cherished Memories ― The Story of My Life which chronicles the journey of one's life and Senior Organizer to guide for seniors or their family members to track medical, financial, legal and daily care plans. Debby has spoken on intergenerational care at the National Council on the Aging in Washington D.C. and has appeared on CNN Financial News, CBS and other cable shows. She has also given numerous national radio interviews. She has received the Blue Chip Enterprise Award given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.
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“Procrastinate” is a verb meaning “to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done.”
Procrastination is as common as there are people on earth. Everyone procrastinates at one time or another. Procrastination is a habit, not a fatal flaw. It is probably the single most common hindrance to effective time management. It takes persistence to change, but you can do it.
Very simply stated, procrastination is the deliberate act of excessive postponing. How much trouble your postponing causes depends to a large degree on the “price you have to pay” for that behavior.
Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. This avoidance can lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression and self-doubt. Procrastination has a high potential for painful consequences. It interferes with professional, academic and personal success. Psychologist William Knaus estimates that 90 percent of college students procrastinate. Of these students, 25 percent are chronic procrastinators and this group is usually the one who ends up dropping out of college.
Not A Time Management Problem
According to Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at De Paul University in Chicago, procrastination is not a time management or planning problem. Procrastinators do not differ in their ability to estimate time, however they may be more optimistic in their ability to complete tasks. “Telling someone who procrastinates to buy a weekly planner is like telling someone with chronic depression to just cheer up,” insists Dr. Ferrari.
It’s A Shift In Priorities
In addition, fear can be a driving force for procrastination. For example, we may worry that we can’t pay our bills next month and begin to work overtime to compensate for that financial shortfall. Suddenly, tasks at home to which we’ve committed, don’t get done and, sadly, we are incorrectly labeled procrastinators. A whole new pattern begins and eventually we do fall victim to the label. So now you know what it is. Find out why it happens.
Don’t wait to find out, turn the page now.
Procrastinators can successfully change the way they live their lives.
From our previous section we know that procrastination is the deliberate act of excessive postponing. But what are the underlying reasons why people procrastinate? We have organized this section into a series of statements and their explanations. Please read them carefully.
In the following exercise, you will find:
- Examples of common phrases or “excuses” procrastinators use.
- Supporting “quotes” about the phrases listed.
- Explanations of the procrastination phrases listed.
- Sections for you to respond with your own experience in relationship to the particular “excuses.”
Please take the time to explore these sections. They are there to help understand how procrastination affects you.
How Procrastination Works Inside Your Head
A task is a task. It is our “feeling” toward the task that may cause us to procrastinate. Everyday we are confronted with tasks, whether they are writing a paper, cleaning the garage or paying our bills. Inside our heads we deal with feelings about the task that guide what we do. If those feelings are negative, we may put off the task. The result is we can use our feelings to deal with the task rationally or irrationally. The rational voice says, “I hate cleaning the garage, but because company is coming this weekend, I’d better get to it now. You never know what might come up before then.” The irrational voice says, “I hate cleaning the garage and this task is just too big. I have company coming this weekend, but I can avoid taking them in the garage and really, summer is a much better time to be dealing with it.”
©2004. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Time Efficiency Makeover: Own Your Time and Your Life by Conquering Procrastination Dorothy K. Breininger, Debby S. Bitticks. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
Top Customer Reviews
The two authors have NO CREDENTIALS. I thought they were psychologists or something but they are NOT doctors at all. This "book" is just a bunch of blank spaces where you're supposed to write down details about when you've procrastinated and why, with useless quotes on each page about how awful procrastination is. The writing style is unprofessional and confusing. You keep reading and reading, waiting for the information to help you "own your time and your life" but it never comes. Instead you get a series of not-so-subtle quizzes with questions like:
When you have to buy concert tickets, you:
A) Buy them immediately
B) Buy them later when the price increases
C) Forget to buy them
D) Commit suicide
So basically the book's only advice is "stop procrastinating." Very helpful indeed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Haven't finished it but so far it has some good ideas I hadn't thought of. It's easy to read and understand and not too long.Published on April 7, 2013 by Nancy Salisbury
I saw myself on every page of this book and, by going through the exercises, learned many practical ways to conquer procrastination. I can already see differences in my daily life. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Felice
I got this for my son, and he found the exercises and tips to be very useful. There was a noticable improvement.Published on April 25, 2006 by Kenneth Webb