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The Now Habit Audiobook

The Now Habit

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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • Use the symptoms of procrastination to trigger the cure
  • Overcome the perfectionism and fear of failure that lie behind procrastination
  • Benefit from making positive statements about work instead of sabotaging yourself with negative statements
  • Make your worry work for you
  • Use the "Unschedule" time-management techniques
  • Accomplish more in less time through efficient "flow state" work styles
  • Assist the procrastinators in your life in overcoming their problems

The Now Habit promises you the chance to truly enjoy guilt-free recreational time, knowing the work is really behind you.

Download the accompanying reference guide..

©2006 Neil Fiore, Ph.D.; (P)2007 Gildan Media

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    Matt 07-06-15
    Matt 07-06-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard to listen - great to read"

    The reader keeps pausing at strange moments making the whole book feel disjointed and disconnected. It's like listening to someone who's not actually interested in what they are reading. They are reading because the have to. His voice is nice but the gaps and pauses make it hard to listen to.

    The book itself is wonderful! I've been a chronic procrastinator and many of the things this author brought up made me sit back and think. I've been given a lot to consider.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Johns 05-31-15
    Pete Johns 05-31-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Some interesting content."

    Not terrible, but lacking in significant content and a fairly average performance. Worth a listen but don't expect too much.

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    CR Frisco, TX 01-10-16
    CR Frisco, TX 01-10-16 Member Since 2002

    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.

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    "Lots of psychology;not for "normal"procrastination"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-18-13
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-18-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Very useful information"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book as we all procrastinate and so should better understand this fact of life.


    What other book might you compare The Now Habit to and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark J - Professional Appreciator United States 02-01-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Great, practical skills. A self-help gem!"

    I really appreciated this book! Great, practical deconstruction of what causes procrastination and useful tips, views and exercises on how to counter procrastination.

    The negative reviews hitting on the reader's (author's) performance are overstated in my opinion. And the many useful exercises in this gem of a self-help book should not be missed based on these overstated criticisms.

    Unlike many books that deal with the psychology behind behavior that are written by self-appointed experts, Dr. Foote has actual case studies of hundreds of clients as well as a well of clinical experience from which to draw his premises , conclusions and recommendations.

    I found this book to be extremely helpful in understanding much of my own issues with procrastination and therefore extremely useful in applying, successfully, many of its exercises in countering the procrastination habit.

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    saw 11-24-15
    saw 11-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Read!"

    This book had provided me with a paradigm shift in how I view and understand my own shortcomings with procrastination!

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    Keishi 10-09-15
    Keishi 10-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I'm a chronic procrastinator."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Now Habit to be better than the print version?

    For an ADD person like me, reading the book would probably bore me to hell.
    I did buy the Japanese translation of the print version after listening to this audio edition to for re-reads.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Now Habit?

    I got to understand the mechanism of procrastination through this book. It doesn't solve everything, but it gives you hope by your clear understanding of why you procrastinate in the first place. I already recommend this book to my close friends that suffer from procrastination like I do.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 05-06-15
    Chris 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome!"

    As a lifelong procrastinator this book has been immensely helpful to me and has changed the way I think about myself and those around me. this is a must read book for anyone who struggles with self worth issues or who has procrastinated in the past.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 05-12-12
    Jamie SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    What did you love best about The Now Habit?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was thrilled to have immediately useful ways to make myself more productive while enjoying my leisure time without guilt--and it all works!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda 08-15-13
    Ronda 08-15-13 Member Since 2006

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    "I've Listened 77 Times"
    What made the experience of listening to The Now Habit the most enjoyable?

    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!)


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great tips, useful strategies


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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