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Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now

Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now [Kindle Edition]

Jane B. Burka , Lenora M. Yuen
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Metapsychology Online Reviews, 3/24/09 "This book succeeds on many levels. It is a useful self-help guide for general readers and the lay public. Mental health professionals...will find innovative ideas and sage advice." Louisiana's Acadiana Lifestyle, April 2010 "Read it. Now." Business Today (NC), July 2010"[A] deeply perceptive book...Show[s] you how to fix this vexing, life-sapping problem."

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Based on their workshops and counseling experience, psychologists Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen offer a probing, sensitive, and at times humorous look at a problem that affects everyone: students and scientists, secretaries and executives, homemakers and salespeople. Procrastination identifies the reasons we put off tasks—fears of failure, success, control, separation, and attachment—and their roots in our childhood and adult experiences. The authors offer a practical, tested program to overcome procrastination by achieving set goals, managing time, enlisting support, and handling stress. Burka and Yuen even provide tips on living and working with the procrastinators you may know.

Wise, effective, and easy to use, this new edition shows why for 25 years Procrastination has been an immediate must-have for anyone who puts things off until tomorrow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 790 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0738211702
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 2nd edition (2 April 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F1MOGM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 8 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read (well, almost to the end) many books about procrastination in a subconscious yet desperate attempt to (a) avoid doing what I should be doing and (b) to find the perfect solution to my procrastination problem. The problem with all the other books I've read is that they provide very good medication for the symptoms of procrastination; methods of training yourself to get on with what you need to do. What I had yet to see was WHY I was sabotaging myself all the time.

This book does exactly that. From virtually the first page I felt that the writers really understood me, that they could have been talking ABOUT me. The reason I'm even writing this review (I always mean to review my amazon purchases, but never quite get around to it) is because I've just had the most wonderful eureka moment. I've always believed that I procrastinated because there is always something more fun to be doing than paying bills or taking out the rubbish or doing my tax return. Burka and Yuen have helped me see that just isn't true. As soon as I read the Fear of Failure chapter, I knew that I've been kidding myself all this time. Deep down I must have known it all along. I think I was afraid to even try to articulate it, so the authors had to do it for me.

The most important thing I've learned is that there's not just a single reason for my chronic procrastination, but many many reasons. I probably knew what they were, deep down, but it wasn't until I had them articulated to me so plainly and (importantly) sympathetically, did they become the faulty truths that they really are. I was even able to finally articulate them to my long suffering husband who was a bit stunned, really, that there was so much at work in my decisions to contantly delay action.

So, treat the disease, not the symptoms, and buy this wonderful, liberating book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This review is a mis-match of thoughts; I have a lot to say and never had reason to write a positive review, so please bear with me, but I feel this book has changed me sufficiently that I need to write this review as much as a thank you to the authors as an assurance to the potential buyer. It's all in the form of bullet points, and as my first review feel free to critique away, I will do my best to address any concerns. My points follow:

- An exceptionally well chosen title: I now understand why I behave as I do, how to deal with my behaviours, and most importantly: how to avoid self-sabotage in fixing them.

- I actually acted upon this book as I read it. I've never done that before - and in the rare occassion I thought to, I never did.

- From the start I felt the authors completely understood me. In fact, better than I did.

- It has given me important questions I've never considered about myself, and through self-development I am now happier and more able to improve myself without being overly self-critical, which for me was previously a massive issue. It really can't be overstated how many times I didn't start something because I expected the worst.

- It has helped me to become motivated by challenge, which is awesome by itself and the journey of self-re-discovery this book started has changed me for the better by a great margin.

I understand the above reads far too well to apply to the whole you, so here is a picture of me _before_ I read this book. For some parts it still applies, but only because I am still redeveloping myself attempting to do better.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Approaching unwelcome tasks with an "I'll do it tomorrow" mindset is not unusual behavior. The problem is, tomorrow quickly becomes today, so the procrastinator sets a new tomorrow goal. This tomorrow goal eventually becomes a next week goal, then a next month goal, then a next year goal - that is, a never goal. Time runs out for everyone, but it does so far more quickly for procrastinators. If you procrastinate, do you know why? Psychologists Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen outline the reasons and roots of procrastination. More importantly, they show you how to fix your vexing, life-sapping procrastination problem. getAbstract suggests that anyone who procrastinates should buy this book. Now would be fine.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Split into 2 major parts.

Part 1 is explanation and insight into the various causes of procrastination - very insightful & you may have several "Aha!" moments (I know I did). Importantly, for a procrastinator - easy reading, and you'll get through it quickly and easily. It won't feel like a chore or something you procrastinate over getting round to reading.

Part 2 is concrete steps, a strategy, and action steps to take to beat your procrastination. Also very good so far - I haven't finished reading it. Unfortunatley, here's where your natural procrastination tendencies start to kick in, and it becomes slower going with getting through it. Perhaps because you know you've now got to start taking action, or perhaps it's just slightly drier material - most likely a bit of both. I really hope I get through it soon, and manage to apply these principles - I think procrastination is an underappreciated and misunderstood (including by those who suffer from it) bane of many people's lives, ranging from the mild in only certain areas of your life, to the severe and debilitating. It does, in some cases literally destroy careers, relationships, and therefore ultimately can ruin people's lives. I consider myself fortunate to be in the medium (though not mild) category, and not in the severe category.

Also importantly, the insights and techniques are based on sound research, but also the personal experiences of the authors - a pair of Psychiatrists & procrastinators themselves. The tone is supportive, but to the point, and very credible without being bogged down by too much reference to intricate or dry details of the research. Excellent - only took off one star as I'm yet to get through part 2. May come back & revise this review (up to 5 stars hopefully) once finished.
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Published 2 months ago by Miss E. S. Gothold
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Briliant! Very thought provoking and definitely rang a lot of bells with me.
Published 4 months ago by jules
4.0 out of 5 stars good background information
good on understanding where procrastination arises from early on in life, and how to overcome this debilitating condition
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Published 10 months ago by Jim Grace
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
This helped me understand my procrastinating as well as offer tips on how to counter it. The range of the book extends beyond theory to include research in the area. Read more
Published 15 months ago by AL
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
This book is excellent. A friend recommended this because she was procrastinating during writing up her PhD, and I have been having the same problem. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Philippa Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't buy it for me, so don't really know anything about it. Will...
Didn't buy it for me, so don't really know anything about it. Will Post a review if I hear the result.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
Hugely insightful on the reasons for Procrastination and the underlying thoughts and behaviours that drive it. So explains extremely well the why. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2012 by Rich
3.0 out of 5 stars Thinking of purchasing this
I'm thinking of buying this book and I'm sure I'll get round to it quite's just that I've got piles of other books to read first and so little time
Published on 17 May 2012 by Chucke
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Do It
I've never taken so long to read a book in my life, this book was a chore - and I've read some utterly boring books e.g. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A warning
I had high hopes for this book based on the reviews on this site. Upon receiving the book I was dissapointed to discover that it is based on psychoanalytical theory, as this was... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by x54
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