Once you get past the first few chapters, which were a bit of tedious overview about why you need this book and why people procrastinate, the actual meat of the book is priceless. His techniques for overcoming procrastination are transformative and immediately useful. He doesn't offer the usual list of tips and tricks that are so redundant in this genre of book. Instead, he prescribes a way of managing one's time and thought processes that can change anyone from being an unproductive shlub into a happy and productive person. I feel like a new and improved person after applying his techniques.
I love his way of explaining the psychology that leads to procrastination, the time management techniques, the unschedule, and the techniques for getting into a flow state fast.
It might have been good to hire a professional narrator. I appreciated hearing directly from the author, but his voice was a bit grating at first until I got used to it, and he did a lot of inhaling that was distracting at times.
I was thrilled to have immediately useful ways to make myself more productive while enjoying my leisure time without guilt--and it all works!
just a note regarding all the reviews that complain about the narration: phooey! i almost didn't purchase this based on those reviews and i noticed NOTHING that would affect anyone's enjoyment of the book...excellent material and perfectly fine narration by the author
It seems to be full of wonderful insights, but really cannot get past the narration. He pauses SO often in random places, as if he lost his spot reading. I really can't get past the first hour, and that took me a month of forcing myself to listen.
Just buy the paper book if you want to actually get through it.
Out of all the books I have downloaded I can't seem to listen to this one since the narrator is so awful. I've actually been forcing myself to listen since some of the material is actually quite useful. The narrator is so monotone I find myself thinking of suicide - just a little humor
Buy the book instead.
I keep listening to it over and over. Because 1) it's a bit boring at times and I'm such an airhead, I keep spacing out so I have to read it over and over to absorb it all, and 2) because it has helped me more than any self-help book to-date.The strategies of just tackling 30 minutes at a time, and repeatedly deciding when is the next time I can START on this project have taken some of the pressure off. Determining what KIND of procrastinator I am (one who becomes easily overwhelmed) has helped me rise above my unspoken, unacknowledged feeling of "if I can't do it all - perfectly - I might as well not even try" mindset.Other small tips, like never ending at the end of a chapter (which goes against my entire being) and not ending at a frustrating part have really made my life better. I highly recommend this book, even if the author does take it a bit too slow at times (like maybe he's multi-tasking in the background in order to complete more work in the same amount of time and forgets that he's reading to us! Ha!)
Great tips, useful strategies
I would recommend this book as we all procrastinate and so should better understand this fact of life.
The Power of Self-Discipline. No Excuses! is not focussed on procrastination, but helped me overcome procrastination as by-product of following its suggestions. I recommend that book as well.
This book contains very valuable insights into procrastination. I can't imagine there are many people who could not benefit from them. The author is not a professional narrator and sometimes that became a bit of a distraction. I prefer hearing the author read his own book, though, and that for me outweighed any shortcomings of his slightly clunky reading style. I highly recommend this book. Two big thumbs up.
Reasonable content, terrible narration. The issue has come up before, and here it is again: just because you wrote a book, doesn't mean you have the skill to read it! The author's narration is flat and monotone with frequent hesitations as he begins another segment of text. It's almost like listening to your 6 year old stammer over his homework reading because he doesn't know how to pronounce the next word. This book is a little like that in many places. I bought the book because years ago I read the hard copy version and remembered that it had some good content. However, not so the audio version.
The content could be useful, but because he delivers like a robot with the caps lock on, I found I couldn't focus enough on the message to make it useful. Potential authors note; this issue of bad narration comes up frequently in audible reviews, and has certainly steered me away from a book more than once.
Always strive for an open mind.
The substance of the advice
The Unschedule - already doing it!
The performance had a few flaws - a bit slow, some repeat errors that could have been fixed with editing, but it was a very authentic author's read, undoubtedly.
The book seemed to have some good content, but due to the author's intolerable narration, I could only make it about halfway through.
The author narrated his own book, but should have gotten a professional to do it. His halting speech pattern was something like a cross between Captain Kirk and Christopher Walken. At times, it was as if he was having trouble reading the actual text.
Since the content seemed to be worthwhile, I'm going to purchase this in either paperback or ebook format, since listening to the author attempt to narrate the book is not an option in this case.
Band guy who always wants to be better at something.
I'm big on self help, and I tried, but this book is excellent for trying to fall asleep.