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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher; Reprint edition (Mar. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874775043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874775044
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offers a program to complete tasks in an efficent, stress-free manner and allow more time for recreation without feeling guilty.

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Your strategic program begins with identifying your procrastination patterns so you can apply the appropriate techniques for replacing them with the effective work patterns of producers. Read the first page
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181 of 183 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on 23 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
This book not only helped me understand why I procrastinate (even on things I want to do!), but told me what to do to cure the problem. It genuinely transformed my life well before I got to the end of it, and has been an absolute relief. It doesn't repeat the same old Time Management instructions, but gives you a whole new approach. I'd read every book I could find on how to organise myself, I knew what I had to do, I had everything listed and prioritised - I just couldn't persuade myself to do anything, before the last minute deadline. This book gave me so many simple answers. I'm an international management trainer, and I've recommended it to lots of friends, colleagues and course participants. Don't buy it for time management tips. Do buy it if you recognise yourself as a serial procrastinator - you'll love it.
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126 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Luff VINE VOICE on 11 April 2005
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Once in a while a book comes along that makes perfect sense. This is a book written by someone who is extremely wise on this subject. A sage-like quality about it. No surprise that Neil has studied this subject for years. The quality in this book shows.
Nearly all the books I've read have failed in their mission to get the reader motivated.
This book is different. Everyone is unique and everyone has their own entry points. For me I loved the idea of designing one's day around what one really enjoys, leisure, hobbies, exercise etc. Then peppered around this one build's half hour slots of time to do some work towards one's goal.
This book builds on the ideas given. Not neccessarily in chronological order. More a 3D model. A layer that also really clicked for me was that instead of focusing on finishing this task, project, goal one has a series of starts. One Starts towards the goal for 30 minutes. Then after this a reward, some fun in life. Then back to the next 30 minute session.
What's reccommended is to take a 2 minute pre-project focus to get the mind in the right vibration(my word) before beginning.

Procrastinating uses up valuable energy. It's a protection of sorts, but it takes energy to procrastinate. The stories of clients in the book makes one feel that this is more common that we tend to think. Some suffer more than others. For me it's been around for 75% of my life and got worse over the last few years.
Having taken voluntary redundancy last November, I thought starting a new career was a simple affair with all this time available. It wasn't time, it was an out of control procrastination junkie. However, it's not always so obvious. In Barbara De Angelis's book Confidence, she speaks of 3 types of confidence, behavioral, spiritual and emotional.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Phillistein on 7 Sept. 2007
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I've read hundreds of self-help books, but this blows almost everything else out of the water. This book helped me to understand the reasons why I procrastinate and showed how this habit leads to worry, loss of confidence and chronic underperformance - even in areas that I had not considered to be linked to procrastination. It's like suffering a mysterious illness and feeling that, at last, there is a proper diagnosis and cure. It even shows how the classic shaming and bullying tactics others use to 'spur us on' only serve to fuel the emotions which block natural performance and success. This is now available on audiobook, read by the author. Play it on the way to work and improve your performance!
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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug. 2001
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I gained a great deal of insight from this book. It helped me to see that I'm putting my life on hold through being a perfectionist. And it has given me lots of help in finding a way forward. A new 'me' is emerging as a result. Well worth a read.
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