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Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change | [Timothy A. Pychyl]

Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change

The new audio edition of the self-published hit, offering powerful strategies to end procrastination!

Why do we sabotage our own best intentions? How can we eliminate procrastination from our lives for good? Based on current psychological research and supplemented with clear strategies for change, this concise guide will help listeners finally break free from self-destructive ideas and habits, and move into freedom and accomplishment.

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The new audio edition of the self-published hit, offering powerful strategies to end procrastination!

Why do we sabotage our own best intentions? How can we eliminate procrastination from our lives for good? Based on current psychological research and supplemented with clear strategies for change, this concise guide will help listeners finally break free from self-destructive ideas and habits, and move into freedom and accomplishment. With numerous practical tips for change, Solving the Procrastination Puzzle brings clarity and scientific studies - and a touch of humor! - to the quest for successfully achieving goals. This accessible guide is perfect for entrepreneurs, parents, students, and anyone who wants to get unstuck, stop delaying, and start living their most inspired life.

©2013 Timothy A. Pychyl (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 10-27-14
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 10-27-14 Member Since 2013

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "A Better One Is—"

    "23 Anti-Procrastination Habits." While "Solving the Procrastination Puzzle" is quite in depth about what, exactly, causes the mechanism of procrastination, "23..." actually has many ways to combat the nasty habits we all fall into. (Hint: Buy the kindle first and you can get "23" for the special price.)
    This book is okay as a Daily Deal, but I'm not sure it's worth the time. As it turned out, I listened to it 'cause I wanted to avoid my daily writing task.
    Besides, the narration, while not the worst, put me to sleep (Oh, gosh! Yet ANOTHER thing that took my away from my chores/tasks!)

    28 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver Copenhagen 08-07-14
    Oliver Copenhagen 08-07-14

    I teach WordPress web design online, focusing on the *design* part - and fun:) I love learning new concepts, hence all these audiobooks;)

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    "A true gem for procrastinators!"

    This book is short and somewhat comprehensive, yet still very concise and structured. Timothy is a wonderful speaker and narrator. One can't feeling rapport with him.

    Key takeaway from the book:
    Don't give in to feel good now. Do the work now – and feel good later.

    It's one of those books that despite being simple, is one I'm looking forward to relistening to again, in a few months.

    43 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Sara USA 12-03-14
    Sara USA 12-03-14

    No plot spoilers please!

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    "A Procrastinator at Work Right Before Your Eyes"

    To me this was a frustrating listen. It took so long to get started and had great difficulty being able to get and stay on point. The book opens with an overly long thank you to everyone who helped him by name and academic institution. This was too much information for what is supposed to be a quick and helpful book. He then spends a great deal of time dancing around the overview and background of the book. The whole thing was a perfect example of a procrastinator at work!

    Some interesting insights, but to me, overall a distraction and a frustrating waste of time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KS 10-28-14
    KS 10-28-14
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    "Starts slow but somewhat useful"
    Would you try another book from Timothy A. Pychyl and/or Timothy A. Pychyl?

    Probably not.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Timothy A. Pychyl? Why or why not?

    Just takes too long getting to the point, then there's a lot of common sense kind of mantra stuff. I just wanted to get into the nitty gritty and felt like it was a waste of time.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Talk faster! I turned up the speed to 1.5x.


    Did Solving the Procrastination Puzzle inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, I think there was some useful stuff in there. Then again, I finished the book and I'm here further procrastinating by writing a review of it rather than doing my homework.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book would be more useful for someone who is less introspective. So if you're new to the game of procrastination, or haven't really self-analyzed, dive in. I think this would be useful to the average person. If you've struggled for decades, this book is not going to give you any answers.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F Munier 11-01-14
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    "this is a procrastination"
    Would you try another book from Timothy A. Pychyl and/or Timothy A. Pychyl?

    No way..


    Would you ever listen to anything by Timothy A. Pychyl again?

    not in my lifetime


    Would you be willing to try another one of Timothy A. Pychyl’s performances?

    nope


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    showed a real procrastinator at work.. the author


    Any additional comments?

    after 4 chapters (of 13) he was still thanking people and trying to tell me how to listen to this ''short' book... I almost fell asleep while driving it was so dull

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 11-19-14
    Steven 11-19-14
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    "Disappointing"
    What was most disappointing about Timothy A. Pychyl’s story?

    This book is so dry and academic that even shortening it could not hold my interest. The author is obviously a credible and intelligent person, but he is unable to hold my interest on the subject of procrastination. Not useful to me really at all.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I"m not sure what the author was trying to accomplish here. The first 3 chapters are focused on him, and frustrating to get through at all. After that, the book takes on a high-level academic tone that neither provides deep substance nor provides riveting or "ah-ha" moments. It is almost as if someone outlined an academic paper. No juice. No glitz. I think this would have been better as an academic book of greater volume. It is too dry and doesn't create the epiphanies I was seeking. Sort of like the teacher in Ferris Beuller's Day Off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan PEARLAND, TX, United States 10-31-14
    Susan PEARLAND, TX, United States 10-31-14 Member Since 2003
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    "now, if I can just put it into practice....."

    Intended to give a short introduction to a complex subject, along with immediately applicable first steps to changing behavior, the book hits its mark. Pychel steps aside from scholarly writing in the interest of getting to the points of interest to the self-identified procrastinator. He does not offer a quick fix but rather suggests specific ways to change life-long habits. He is encouraging without promising overnight miracles.

    The author/narrator has a pleasant voice; this being his own work, he knows where to emphasize and where to pause.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Doreen Detroit, MI, United States 10-28-14
    Doreen Detroit, MI, United States 10-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Stop procrastinating and purchase!"

    Wow! For the first time, I am impressed with a book on procrastination. This book gave me reasons for why we procrastinate; which will help me to overcome some of my procrastination habit. This is the first time I heard it descibed as a self control problem, like drug abusers. I want to break free of this lack of self-control in my life. I haven't even finished the book, due to drive time not procrastination, and I have already found some success. I believe, this book offers me the most hope for sucess by first realizing why we procrastinate. Hopefully, you will find some sucess as I have!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    TM 12-11-14
    TM 12-11-14

    TJM

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    Any additional comments?

    The only memorable nugget I got from this book....

    "Make a start".

    If you're procrastinating, just say that to yourself. It helped me a little, but as with most self-help books this one delivers a few bullets worth of content wrapped in blurb. At least it is short and sweet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Robertson 12-07-14
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    "Like listening to footnotes"
    What disappointed you about Solving the Procrastination Puzzle?

    Not designed to be an audio book - lots to footnotes and reference links. Would be OK on a web page.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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