Reading this book is like a "feel good" session with a therapist. It encourages you to let go of your imperfections and live more whole heartedly. When listening to the stories in the book, you realize all those little negative thoughts that stop you from being authentic (for example, "he's being a jerk" instead of "he said something that was true and painful). The journey towards wholehearted living is a practice you would do everyday (or try as much as you can). I'm sure the key points that I take away from this book now are those things meaningful to me at this point in my life. I plan to read the book again and see if I find other things to work on.
This is a fun book about procrastination, but not really a guide. As a structured procrastinator, the author actually accomplishes quite a bit... just not the most important thing he was supposed to have done at the moment. It is an entertaining and witty way of looking at the weakness of procrastination. After all, the author wrote this book to avoid doing something else. His stories are amusing, like a "to do" that starts off with waking up, don't press the snooze button, and getting out of bed... which he happily crosses out each item with a red pen. By the time he has his cup of coffee in the morning, he had already completed seven things on his list.
The ideas in the book are simple. But that's because the method to change is simple -- find the right approach for you and identify what would motivate you to continue day after day. People often fail because of two reasons. They talk about or read about change but don't take any action. Or they start without having a plan or consider how to get back on track when slipping up occasionally.
If you're ready to make a change, this is a great book to walk you through it. The author describes the steps (e.g., plan and prepare). She gives examples of where people have succeeded and failed in these steps. You decide what would work for you. Go through the book slowly. Absorb a few ideas and practice the techniques. Be willing to tweak it so it works for you (e.g., putting sticky notes to remind yourself rather than beat yourself up when you forget to do something). After accomplishing those steps, move on to the next section in the book.
I work to keep my reviews free of plot spoilers. I hate reviews that tell you the whole story. That said, I do love reading reviews!
The stories of survival and how to survive in all sorts of situations were engaging and powerful. Thanks to this book I view choices I make very differently. I approach how I pick my seats on an air plane in a very new light. I travel awake and alert. I am aware of silly errors that can cause terrible outcomes. An eyeopener that sticks with you. Highly recommended reading.