This book really helped me understand the convoluted brain functions that create procrastination. It is very detailed and I did listen to some parts of it more than once, but it helped immediately. Just knowing how procrastination works helped me do less of it right away.
This is a how-to book so there were no favorite parts. The whole book is useful information for making everyday life better right now.
Dr. Fiore is a fine narrator of his own work. It is like having him for a teacher.
All of them. Mostly the fact that procrastination is a way for your brain to protect you from pain - and the realization that the pain you fear is pretty much imaginary.
I recommend the book to anybody who has trouble starting projects of any kind, personal or business.
Insightful, refreshing, encouraging
_Eat That Frog_ by Brian Tracey--Both offer assistance to self-identified procrastinators.
I have not.
No laughing, no crying
This book goes beyond offering advice to those who identify as procrastinators; it explains that procrastination is symptomatic of deeper causes, and uses this insight to draw unusual conclusions about how procrastination can be overcome.
Teacher turned policy analyst interested in fiction and leadership development
This book gave me very helpful insights into why people (including me) procrastinate and what we can do about it. Fiore draws upon his extensive experience helping people to show how procrastination affects many people in a wide range of situations and how his straight-forward suggestions helped them overcome a persistent, life- and career-limiting challenge. What I liked best was coming to a new understanding of why I procrastinate that views my behavior as a reasonable, if unproductive, reaction to my situation. Moving from guilt to acceptance "unfreezes" me and gives me psychological "room to move." I still have to do the work, including following some clear advice from the author, but now I feel as if I can move forward.
The narration is dreadful, just couldn't listen to it, found myself wandering elsewhere within minutes. Will be useless for many procrastinators, they wont listen to it or wont do the exercises
Way too slow and boring narrative, I found myself falling asleep whenever I listen to it, simply didn't capture my attention unlike other audiobooks
I'd rather jump off a bridge than listen to this
Too often books simple spend 95% of their time telling you how "bad things are" and how your issues are "deep rooted". This book briefly discusses these markers, but spends the majority of time talking about real, achievable solutions that can be implemented. I'm only 1/2 way through the book and already have made some great changes to my behaviors/patterns. Great book.
By the way, the complaint that people have about his voice is a red herring. I have listened to dozens of books and although he's not going to win any awards, the voice/delivery is perfectly acceptable. Might I suggest that if you are letting his "voice/presentation" prevent you from listening to this book, you have some serious subconscious procrastination preventing you from hearing some real potential solutions!
The main flaw of this book, actually. In the early parts of the book he is clearly developing himself as a narrator. As the book move along his reading becomes more and more fluid, really coming to its own at the final chapters. It tickled my sense of "it works, good enough, let's move on". My partner's experience of being very hung up on narration rough spots to the point of losing the message several times in the beginning was eye opening for both of us.
This book is a great next read after What Shamu taught me about Life, Love, and Marriage. It affirms that in some situations the best supporting act to take is to not act, as difficult as that is, and it mirrors in some way Zoobiquity in that understanding of what is going on in the other person's narrative is often far more important to creating change than immersing yourself in the consequences of their actions on your own life at the time.
This book is among the best I've ever read for explaining the behaviors of people who procrastinate. There are few to no books for the people who have chosen to live within the chaos fields generated by people who do this and we often look on, distressed, injured, unable to think of anything to do for ourselves besides remove ourselves from the situation.
I'm one of those people who admires order and puts a lot of thought and care into setting up order for myself -- this book contains the only sound advice I've found to date on how people who have a fragile sense of order can live with people who have anxiety about planning can peacefully coexist.
Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.
Having a different narrator. The author's reading is just too slow and awkward.
Speed up, or better yet, have someone else narrate it. It almost felt like the author never read the book in his life before recording it, forget about actually writing it.
The content of the book seemed slow enough, but the narration made it ten times worse.
To be honest, I gave up after an hour or so of listening. Within that time, I didn't learn anything new, because even the book itself seemed too slow, wasting time on establishing credibility and examples of people's problems with procrastination, which I didn't care about. Other listeners said the information is great, so maybe I'll look into the paperback version. I hate quitting on a book, but this might just be one of the very few.
Don't waste credit or money on this. Go to a bookstore, and sample the paperback instead if you can.
Receiving the information provided on how to stop procrastinating.
The speed of the delivery.
Work hard and play hard. You deserve it.
Absolutely, because unlearning procrastination is not something that can be completed in a few hours. This is the type of book that I know will give me new insight each time I read it.
If procrastination is a problem in your life and other books have not helped, you owe it to yourself to get this book before you give up on ever conquering the problem.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. This is a subject I have been thinking and reading about and living with for 30+ years. Yet, I had never heard all these ideas interwoven in this way before. I know some people have complained about the hesitant style of reading but I really like it because 1) his modulation is excellent. 2)these are ideas that need to be thought over and applied to ones own life, so I appreciate his slower speech which gives me some time to absorb the ideas. 3) one of the reasons that people procrastinate is that they think everything has to be done perfectly which in turn makes them afraid to get started. Therefore, I appreciate the fact that although his style is not perfectly polished, he did not let it stop him from making a truly life-changing audiobook.
I agree with a previous reviewer that it would've helped if the author had not narrated this book, however, the information and techniques for overcoming procrastination are communicated pretty clearly and this book is worth listening to if you need some help and motivation. I have definitely benefitted from putting his suggestions into practice.
Learning to break a large project down into smaller achievable parts.
He's not a very dynamic speaker.
Scheduling time to work on parts of my projects. It has definitely helped me feel like I am in control and am achieving my goals.