Solving the Procrastination Puzzle

A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change
Narrated by: Timothy A. Pychyl
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (854 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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A failure on so many levels

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I am not sure this could ever be a four or five star book. As another reviewer mentioned the credits to others at the beginning were torture to endure. It might work in academia but if the author really feels these are necessary they need to be at the back of the book.

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

No

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

No

What character would you cut from Solving the Procrastination Puzzle?

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Any additional comments?

The book as a whole really didn't give me much actionable content. I am torn over giving a poor review, however when I purchased this book the reviews were much higher and I really felt betrayed spending my time and money on it. In part I purchased this book because the author had a Phd. Those credentials by themselves don't imply a book would be well written, however it should indicate a levels of diligence to insure the product is adequate.

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Author Procrastinated Writing the Book

There might be some good advice in the book but after about 15 minutes of the author thanking everyone who ever helped him (possibly including the dog), I gave up on listening.

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Too Dry

This book is slow and dry. I felt like I was in college again. Another mandatory reading assignment that put you a sleep!

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Text to Speech

Just go to the website (mentioned a lot in the text) and let the computer read it out, you will hey the same experience as reading this advertisement for the blog.

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Too Technical

Should use a professional reader/actor. Too many references to research. Overall, terribly boring. I would not recommend.

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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!)

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Worst excuse for a self help books ever written

I get the impression the author needed a few quick bucks when he wrote this so he "didn't procrastinate" in cranking it out.

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Boring and pointless

I have read many many books, and this one even though short was so boring and pointless I couldn't finish it even though it was only 2+hrs long. I hope it helps others, but it was not for me

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Yawn

Would you try another book from Timothy A. Pychyl and/or Timothy A. Pychyl?

No

Has Solving the Procrastination Puzzle turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yeah. I am a horrible procrastinator and I could not finish this book. Ironic I suppose.

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

Probably not.

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

It bored me.

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