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"Wiegartz and Gyoerkoe have written an invaluable guide for overcoming problems with procrastination in the context of worry and anxiety. The book teaches readers to understand why they put off tasks and provides them with effective, step-by-step strategies for dealing with procrastination and overcoming anxiety and perfectionism, which often contribute to procrastination. I highly recommend this book for anyone whose anxiety prevents them from getting things done. Don’t put it off—read this book now!"
—Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, professor in the department of psychology at Ryerson University and author of When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough and The Anti-Anxiety Workbook

"Problems associated with chronic procrastination have been largely overlooked in self-help literature. Drawing upon the latest findings from clinical research, Pamela Wiegartz and Kevin Gyoerkoe provide practical tools to help people make timely decisions and stop putting important aspects of their life on hold."
—C. Alec Pollard, PhD, director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and professor of family and community medicine at Saint Louis University



"In a straightforward and practical manner, Wiegartz and Gyoerkoe have provided a highly useful set of tools for helping readers overcome the widespread problem of procrastination. Not only do they address the basics of goal setting, motivation, and how to use established cognitive and behavioral methods, they also incorporate newer approaches, such as mindfulness, into this easy-to-read book."
—Cheryl Carmin, PhD, director of the stress and anxiety disorders clinic and the cognitive behavioral therapy program at the University of Illinois at Chicago



"Change your thinking; change your life! Seasoned clinicians Wiegartz and Gyoerkoe bring their extensive expertise from the consulting room into the pages of this clearly written self-help guide. They concisely explain the fundamental thought processes that lead to procrastination, teach the reader how to rationally examine and challenge those thoughts, and then gently but firmly move the reader forward from anxiety and self-doubt to a sense of efficacy and accomplishment!"
—Aaron Nelson, PhD, ABPP, chief of psychology and neuropsychology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School



"No matter what you procrastinate about, The Worrier’s Guide to Overcoming Procrastination will help you gain insight into the habits that hold you back and provide you with real-world practices to overcome them. By learning and following the practices in this book, you’ll be able to experience how wonderful it feels not to be a habitual procrastinator."
—David Haddad, president of Vidacom Corporation in Chicago, IL

About the Author

Pamela S. Wiegartz, Ph.D., was an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she taught courses on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and directed the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) clinic for over a decade. She is a certified fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and serves on the scientific advisory board of OCD Chicago. Wiegartz is also actively involved in clinical research and is a cognitive behavioral consultant on grant-funded projects related to perinatal depression management and self-care. A licensed clinical psychologist, she maintains a practice dedicated to treating individuals with anxiety disorders in the greater Boston area. She is coauthor of 10 Simple Solutions to Worry. Visit her online at www.anxietyandocdtreatment.com.

Kevin L. Gyoerkoe, Psy.D., is codirector of the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center, a clinic specializing in treating anxiety with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). He is an assistant professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he teaches courses on CBT. Gyoerkoe is certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and serves on the scientific advisory board of OCD Chicago. He is coauthor of 10 Simple Solutions to Worry.

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Product Details

  • Series: New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Workbook edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572248718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572248717
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Haddad on August 27, 2011
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There is a famous quote from Henry David Thoreau: there are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. The beauty of this book is that it helps the reader to understand the roots of procrastination, thereby giving them the tools to overcome it. The book shows how when procrastinators put things off, it's not the tasks they are avoiding first and foremost, but rather the *anxiety* they feel when working on them. Avoiding tasks because of anxiety in turn creates a viscous cycle because putting the tasks off usually creates further anxiety.

The book helps the reader to understand the source of their anxiety, and provides steps for overcoming it. Highly recommended.
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I never in my life would have referred to myself as a perfectionist, but this book has helped me to understand why I've been locked in a never-ending cycle of procrastination for so long. I even spent a year in therapy trying to figure out why I procrastinate, and this book and a couple of others have really helped me to understand the deeper issues. I think this book is going to be a valuable tool for me to work on facing the things that I always avoid.
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So many books in this field are written by motivational speakers and non-professionals. And, they get stellar reviews because they write stuff that SOUNDS like the right answer. They provide fun reading and gets people pumped up. But, they all lack substance and do not lead to a solution. It's really sad to me how many people give money to these quacks.

But, just because they have a license or a PhD, I'm not saying that you should buy their book. On the contrary, most of the ones written by psychiatrists and PhD's don't really provide true solutions to the problem. They say idiotic things like "just do it". Or, if you don't take that first step, you're not really committed in solving your procrastination problem. They're only a little bit better than the motivational speakers.

This book is the first book I've found (and I've read about 10 of these) that provides some meaningful solutions. However, I should give this book 4 stars because it doesn't explore these solutions deeply enough. It's very cursory. But, I had to give it 5 stars because the books out there are such garbage, that this one stands out.
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I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling to accomplish tasks because of worry or anxiety. It's a very interesting read. Helps one to understand why they can't seem to get things done and how to overcome these obstacles. The book is a great tool and packed with very helpful information.
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Well, I bought this book, about 3 months after it was recommended to me (go figure!). I am glad I finally did. I'm much more aware of my compulsions and the consequences they have in my life. I definitely fall into the Perfectionist category so I was resistant to change. This book has so far provided great insight and practical, concrete steps to taking control of my time.
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My patients just love this book. Anxious procrastination is well explained, as is how to address symptoms and change them. For those who already know CBT, the book is very easy to read.
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