Here's the first comprehensive strategic system for overcoming the causes and eliminating the effects of procrastination.
Here are techniques to help any busy person get more things done more quickly, without the anxiety and stress brought on by delay and pressing deadlines.
If you are a professional, manager, student, entrepreneur, writer, or homemaker, this audiobook will help you achieve your goals more rapidly, whether they are large, complex challenges or the small, essential tasks of everyday life and work. If you now work effectively, even though you have too much to do and too little time, The Now Habit will show you how to prioritize your goals to allow more time for guilt-free play.
Step by step, Neil Fiore, Ph.D. reveals numerous tested strategies for ridding your life of procrastination:
The Now Habit promises you the chance to truly enjoy guilt-free recreational time, knowing the work is really behind you.
©2006 Neil Fiore, Ph.D.; (P)2007 Gildan Media
Dr. Fiore warms to the task of being a narrator. During the first half of the book he seems to be learning how to narrate, but towards the end of the book his narration picks up speed and he modulates his points well. Amazon reviews show people buying several books on procrastination and saying this is the only one that helps. Be sure to download the extra material - a pdf file and print it out.
I found this book to be inspiring and life changing. I too initially found the narration to be slightly slow and awkward but that worked itself out and/or the content was so terrific I was no longer distracted by it.
I've listened to the good doctor's book twice and have already put a lot of his advice into practice and it has made a huge difference. Things that had been on my to do list for MONTHS have already been completed and with this positive momentum I'm actually looking forward to tackling other previously daunting tasks.
Without a doubt, this is the BEST time management book I've ever purchased.
Great content, poor delivery. I wish that this author had given over the job or reading this valuable book to somebody who could make the experience of listening to it less fatiguing. Consider buying the print version - I finally had to do that.
I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.
In this book Dr. Fiore provides a unique insight on causes of procrastination and some surprising strategies to deal with it. Having read some 3 or 4 books over 10 years in an effort to deal with the habit (I just never quite get around to it!), I have found Dr. Fiore's ideas among the most effective yet.
Some have commented on his narration style, and yes it is a little slow. I found turning up the narration speed on my iPod the only remedy needed.
For me this book, plus 'Eat That Frog', provide everything one needs to know to change behaviour and stop procrastinating. Now it is up to me!
I like the book's opening: there are several types of procrastinators, and they procrastinate for different reasons. One of those types fit me almost perfectly -- I am good at getting the big things done, but I hate all the details. Just knowing that made me feel better.
The author then explores the psychological reasons why we procrastinate. He doesn't brow beat the reader saying it's bad. Procrastinating is rewarding, in fact, but only in the short term.
Moving on to what to do about it, the author offers many excellent suggestions. Several strategies are simple and effective, for example stop talking to yourself as a victim, but instead make the choice to do something. I have started doing those things and they do help.
There are several other things as well, which take more work. And therein is my problem. I just don't have time to work out an un-schedule right now... but I'll definitely start tomorrow.
Learn from this illuminating but readily understood analysis of procrastination as a complex defense that is usually misunderstood as a weakness, incompetence, academic ineptitude, etc. Fiore illucidates the manner in which proscrastination is used defensively against other unpleasant feelings and thoughts. And why sheer will power will not over come patterns of procrastination. The author goes a step further and offers ways to "unlearn" procrastination and deal effectively with the problems that gave rise to it.
Fiore isn't the greatest narrator available (he speaks a little slowly for me), the content is really great. I already own the book; having it in audio format is both revealing (I've learned a few new things) and useful for review. I have recommended this for family members who suffer -- as I do -- from difficulty completing tasks.
I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.
I felt it was too much and too deep psychology for the average person who needs help breaking bad habits of procrastination and engaging in new productive habits. The first half or more of the book covers the psychology of what I believe to be abnormal levels of self-doubt and resistance to work. I don't browse the web instead of starting a challenging task because my mom turned me into a person afraid of failure. If that's you, then maybe this book will suit you better. Otherwise I think there are better options for the average person looking for a few tips to get their butts in gear to be more consistently productive.
There are a couple of tips that maybe I can try, but most was either not up my alley (meditating daily) or seemed really basic (like basic 'back planning' a project, which he calls a "reverse calendar"). Most of the advice is probably beneficial but will take some work; meditating and keeping a procrastination log to diagnose your problem areas. There's a PDF included with the book that will help you with the exercises if you choose to do the work.
I'm not so sure about the "Un-Schedule". If I fill my calendar with "fun" stuff before I fill it with work stuff, then there won't be any time for work. Now the idea of making sure I have some fun or downtime scheduled while leaving big blocks for work does make sense. And rewarding myself for completing work on an important project sounds like a good idea as well. (the first 3 pages of the included PDF show the unschedule in detail or you can google it and find a couple detailed explanations).
Overall, I only had a couple good take-aways from the book, I'm a chronic multi-tasker, which is a form or cause of procrastination for me because I'll hit a dozen small tasks to avoid spending 20 minutes focusing on one thing that I don't really like to do. One thing from the book (from the Un-Schedule) I might do is track when I spend 30+ minutes at a time focused on one task and try to "beat my score" each day or week to see how much I can really improve on focusing on one (important) thing. And I'll try to schedule something "fun" for myself after making progress on focused work.
Bottom line; If you are deeply suffering and frustrated at yourself for being a procrastinator AND you are willing to do some work to "fix" yourself, then this book is a worthwhile read for you. If you are looking for a few tips to improve your productivity, then google the unschedule and look elsewhere for a better book. P.S. I just read two other books about breaking/creating habits (Smart Change & Making Habits) and I think they're better for me than this one even though they are not procrastination focused. I think creating better habits around being productive would be as effective as anything from this book.
I picked up this audio book after hearing "The Now Habit" recommended on several productivity blogs whose authors I respect. This is the best book on productivity I have ever read. Fiore describes the psychological root causes for procrastination, and provides several very sensible and doable strategies for attacking the causes.
Some reviewers have complained about the quality of the narration. Personally I think the criticisms are exaggerated. The book is narrated by the author, Neil Fiore, and he has a nice reading voice. Yes, at the beginning of the book his reading is a slow and a bit tentative, and this was mildly distracting. However, by about 1/5 into it, Fiore hits his stride and after that it was a pleasure to listen to.
Fantastic. I will definately also be picking up the printed book.
This was my first audiobook, and i was unsure if I could adjust to listening rather than reading a book. However, the Now Habit struck a cord with me so many times that I found it easy to concentrate. The advice is so much better than other books I've read related to procrastination. I've found it easy to put the techniques learned into practice and I'm starting to reap the rewards. I'd recommend this book to anyone who ever puts things off and then suffers with the guilt of doing so.
"Blew me away - he's right. The book works."
I'm a terrible sceptic and have tried just about everything, including multiple courses, to deal with my procrastination. For some people it is a minor irritation, but for me it has blighted my life. I am a bright person who should have done much better in my life, and now I understand why.
My degree is in counselling, but this guy has a level of insight into procrastination and the very emotional and psychological reasons for it that I totally lacked. He has done a lot of research on it and, I believe, has made a discovery. I think he really has found the crux of what causes procrastination for people like me, and it is not (for the most part) anything to do with time management or schedules.
I will not spoil the book by giving away what he found, except to say that it was about two or three chapters in that I had the realisation of my life. For the first time in years I have genuine hope that I can get beyond this handicap I have carried around with me all my life. It is a relief to finally know what causes it and I can never "un-know" this knowledge.
The author narrates his own book, and although he isn't the best narrator out there, you get the benefit of feeling his passion for the subject and he injects real meaning to something he obviously feels strongly about. He strikes me as a really kind and understanding person and, with my counselling head on, this is just what you need from someone who is helping you with a problem that can be as personal and difficult to face as procrastination.
So, thank you very much Neil!
I am not a huge fan of self help books but I have read a thing or two on the topic of procrastination, since I am one of the world's worst! Most of the concepts and information in this book were new to me and left me feeling (for the first time ever) that I might not have to spend the rest of my life in a constant and exhausting battle to get things done on time.
Even if I never manage to fully become as efficient and organised as I hope to be, the reduction in shame that came from listening to this has made it a good read.
a good guide of ways to limit procrastination and perfectionism. read well with informative case studies
Good, organized and practical tips , plans and advices that generate results literally in a couple of hours. It is simply amazing!
"practical revelations and insights"
loved this book. the whole journey was just a series of revelations and insights about how I work and deal with procrastination. zero pop psychology and finally some non-judgemental insights into procrastination. this book is definitely worth spending a credit on. listen, implement and finally get on with things.
"very good lessons for procrastination."
loved it. listened to it twice already. It's not just about procrastinating. ..but about the reasons we do procrastinate.
Very helpful and some great ideas, but would have been better if about 25% shorter. Also he doesn't really cover the problems that many of us have, trying to juggle being a parent and trying to manage our work and a complex home life.
"Probably the most useful to date"
I am an excellent procrastinator - this is now changing rapidly after learning refreshingly new techniques to overcome this irritating trait.
The fact that the author builds in guilt free free time makes it far more workable than any other title I have read so far.
Definitely worth listening to and implementing.
"Some really good insights"
same as reading
A few penny drop moments
Great for analysing why we put things off. Some good solutions. I have become far more productive and less guilty spending time not "working".
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