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.
If you are interested in reading this book, I would get a paperback edition. The narration was unbearable. Do not waste your money on this audio book.
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.
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
The narration is absolutely terrible. The author/narrator takes a breath in completely random places, often one sentence will have two words <breath> one word <breath> two more words <breath>, and so on...
The *content* of what little of the book I could stand to listen to seemed OK, but the narration completely ruins it.
...who will be honest & admit that they (the inner circle) are accustomed to hearing the author's speaking voice but the writing deserves a narrator.
Anyone new to the self improvement/discovery works might find this valuable. If you're into therapy type reads, instead of action-to-result learning then there's solid information.
My overall review is: I found it to be hinged on very "painted" examples versus this is step 1 of acting now. That plus the dry, inflection-free voice made it boring. I couldn't get past chapter 3. Wasted a credit; deleted it from my device.
I listen to such a range of books that it is hard to compare them in different categories. In the category of motivational books vs novels or auto-biographies etc---this one is excellent. I got great ideas for actually mapping out change vs just a pep talk.
Lots of examples and stories of how others resolved issues. There was discussion of why certain habits are hard to break and what people routinely do wrong despite good advice. Steps on how to break the cycle of failure or losing interest in the goal. Bite sized chunks of advice that were manageable.
unlike a novel or suspense story, this is information for personal growth so I would have been just as happy to read it vs listen to it. If you had a hard copy you might want to take notes and underline something. It does come with a pdf file so that helps.
JUST DO IT. Do something NOW. Even if the step you take is small, take a step. Don't look at how far away the finish line is. I just applied it to a language course I am taking and I like the results. You could apply it to anything though---smoking cessation, gambling, writing a book, getting your PhD, building a home----the tips suggested can be used for any task or project.
Not every suggestion was helpful to me but that doesn't matter. I only needed one or two that WORKED. Well worth the money.
Surfer, musician, business coach, healthcare facilities management director.
Narration is a bit slow and cadence unusual, but content is great, and very easy to implement, and effective when applied. Good book, gets to the point. Saw behavior changes about halfway through the book, so that was a win!
I did very much enjoy this book. I found his advice and methods to be sound and reasonable, not unrealistic or difficult to implement.
The only issue I had, (and I knew to expect it when I purchased the book, thanks to other reviewers) was that the author had a difficult time narrating. There were moments of awkward pausing, sentences did not flow or sound natural. Not enough for me to stop listening, but if someone is very particular, it might be enough!
He really should have hired a narrator!