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Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-free Play [Paperback]

Neil A. Fiore
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher; Rev Ed edition (23 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585425524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585425525
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author, Neil Fiore, offers the first comprehensive strategy to overcome the causes of procrastination and to eliminate its deleterious effects. His techniques will help any busy person get more things done more quickly, without the anxiety and stress brought on by failure to meet the workplace's pressing deadlines. This revised, redesigned edition includes a new introduction and a section that provides strategies to understand and deal with the complex role technology plays in procrastination today.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balancing between Work and Play is the key 23 Aug 2007
By Ashok A
The Now Habit is the best book on procrastination. It gives tools to attack the procrastination habit; more important, it asks you to schedule time for play (not just work) in your calendar. This, the author says, is very important. And then you are asked to stick to the schedule of play. Having this guilt free time for play frees up our mind to give quality time to 'work' part of our life. I have found the advice on the mark and very helpful. There are many more important nuggets of information like Reverse Calendar, 3D view of work, etc. which are also very helpful. One of the must read books definitely.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 5 Feb 2008
This is a classic, in my book...There are certain self help books that you know are the starting point for every new one that is written and this is one of them. The author begins that procrastination is not a disease, but a defense mechanism...By understanding the process of procratination, one is much more likely to work through comfortably rather than white knuckling it through "willpower". The techniques the author outlines are easily understood and put into practice almost immediately and they are, all in all, painless...I say, let the next habit you pick up be THE NOW HABIT!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book 6 April 2009
This is not a covert plug for the book as I was asked for this review under Amazon's new system. Overall I'm quite pleased with the book; I like the emphasis it puts on motivating yourself positively by planning your 'play time' in advance. This makes perfect sense to me and I'm already seeing a difference with my self-discipline. I think that perhaps the book repeats itself / waffles a little bit (that's the only reason I took one star off), but on the whole it's a cheap and really useful book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the book you're looking for! 17 Nov 2011
I read this book in the aftermath of a particularly bad deadline (4 essays due in on the same day) i'd lived souly off toast had 8 hours sleep in the last 3 days; i realised i needed help. At school my procrastination had been bad, and at university, it got to the point where i was finishing essays 15 minutes before the deadline. even starting a presentation at 11pm, when i had to present it at 9am... when i first opened 'the now habit' my self-esteem was at an all time low. When i read the page describing all the characteristics of a procrastinator it was describing everything i hated about myself, and i'm not too proud to admit that i cried. This book finally gives a procrastinator the answers they are looking for. it doesn't tell you to plan and prioritise, but instead allows you to explore your own reasons for procrastinating, and gives you mechanisms to find other ways of coping with this. if you're looking at this book, you probably accept that you need help. be assured; you will get it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent book 11 Oct 2009
I have always had a major problem with procrastination which has caused endless problems in my years at uni as a student and then in my working life. I have never understood why I have had such a problem but this book explains it in simple terms and gives practical advice which really works.

It has reminded me of the advice which a tutor at uni gave me about exam revision.I thought his advice was silly. My method was to wake up in the morning thinking that I would do 16 hours of solid revision. By the end of the day I would have distracted myself many times and I would have achieved about 5 hours of revision. My tutor advised me to revise in the morning and take the afternoon off and then revise in the evening.It seemed like madness. When I tried putting his advice into practise it actually worked. I would revise efficiently in the morning then take the afternoon off and enjoy myself and then I would happily start revising in the evening and manage 3 or 4 hours of revision. So that was about 9 hours of productive revision. This advice got me through my exams.

The advice in this book is more geared towards students and the self-employed who have control over the way they work. You wouldn't be able to practise some of the techniques with a boss looking over your shoulder.In spite of this it would be a useful book for any procrastinator.

I would also recommend the book 'Getting Things Done'by David Allen which was helpful in getting me organised but the author of 'Getting things Done' admits that he has no technique for overcoming procrastination just a method to make it easier to plan what you need to do and to keep track of it. If you combine the advice from these two books then your life will become far more productive. I am living proof of this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World's Worst 12 Oct 2013
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Reading this has been an eye-opening experience for me. I am usually wary of self-help books which invariably expound trite psychobabble involving mantras and visualisation exercises that are of no earthly use if you're stuck and dithering - I can tell myself I'm successful and fabulous until I'm blue in the face but there's that nasty little voice underneath saying, 'Erm, I don't think so, loser!'

This book addresses the reasons for procrastination and provides practical solutions for ending that mind-numbing state. I've already incorporated a few of Neil Fiore's suggestions and have found them incredibly useful, especially the advice to work no more than 20 hours a week - at first I balked at this because it didn't seem much but, really, I've achieved so much more by adhering to this one piece of advice over the past month than I've achieved in the preceding 6 months.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Some useful tips but could have been half as long
The first part of this book consists of wordy psychobabble which I imagine most people have heard all before. I certainly had. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ooshka
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Theories, Long-Winded Explanations
Fiore has compiled some useful and interesting insights into why people procrastinate. The strategies suggested initially seem obvious and overly simplistic, but they prove... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Addicted
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breakthrough book for me
I read this as I was working through a period of reactive depression, due to overwhelming pressure on both the work and the home fronts. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
very useful book for getting a deeper insight into why we procrastinate
provides practical advice on recognition and solutions to tackle this
Published 7 months ago by A Hameed
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life in a day, thanks to this book.
I felt as though someone could see inside my soul when I was reading this book. My entire mental state changed from ADHD type behaviour to laser-like focus. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. TS Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars lightbulb Moment
Easy to read and some blinding insights into why I put off doing things. Some practical strategies for overcoming this paralyzing trait. Can't wait to try it out.
Published 9 months ago by su5ieC
1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been an article on a website
Call me anything you want but the book didn't get to the point for a long time and I got really bored. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Oguzhan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book. Very easy to read, very bold and to the point. This book is not solely about time management, it's about life management, it tops my self-help books list.
Published 11 months ago by antuanette
2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless stategy
Ok, I will start with the positives. This book does make some really good concepts in the first half of the book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. R. J. Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is getting me moving..
It's just a question of reading it once more and actually putting things into action. But slowly I have begun the process. Potentially lifechanging
Published 12 months ago by A Virdi
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