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The 15 Minute Rule: How to stop procrastinating and take charge of your life by [Buchanan, Caroline]
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Book Description

An inspirational book that shows you how just fifteen minutes can help you to start all those jobs you have been putting off as well as helping make those changes to your life that you never quite get round to.

About the Author

Caroline Buchanan has been the agony aunt for Now magazine for 14 years, and before that worked in the same capacity for Here magazine and Candis magazine. She has written three self-help books: The Sensuous Slimmer, Caught in the Act and The Single Parent's Survival Guide and has featured on radio and television.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 671 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RYLVO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I relate to the principe of the book. Unfortunately for me there is too much prose/ filler by the author, which is unnecessary. Good points if you can make it through the waffle. Skim read, take the main points on board. Avoid the need to read every single motivational quote. - save yourself 15 minutes!
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The idea is a sound one, well tried and tested under a number of different labels:

Essentially, you need to set aside a fixed period of short time, avoid interruptions and focus on the task in hand. This is a good way of getting things started or making progress.

That's it! The whole book is padded around this one good idea. If being efficient with your time is your aim, don't waste it reading the bland and uninspiring anecdotes that fill is book.
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This book doesn't really need to be a song as it is but the information in it is really good. The basic premise is that if you have a long list of things to do. Take each task and do it for 15 minutes at a time. Made me think and have put it into practice.
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How silly of me... I expected the book to expand on the concept of the 15 minute rule.... instead, all I needed to do was read the cover (and these reviews) and could have saved buying the book.

So, in summary, take a task you don't want to do and spend 15 minutes starting it... if you feel you can continue, then do so in 15 minute segments. If you want to stop, then OK. Do another 15 minutes another time.

Such a simple idea - why didn't I think of it before? Hmm...
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There's nothing wrong with the advice contained within this book, but really the title is one big spoiler, and the author seems a bit desperate in places when trying to string out the concept to make a whole book.

I paid 99p for it, so I'm not too upset. I notice the price is currently over £5. If I'd paid that much I would feel a bit of a mug having shelled out so much for so little.
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I read it because it was on offer for 99p - Kindle deal of the day. That felt like an OK price.
Nearly all the advice can be found in other self-help books, plus the inspirational quotes are ones that have been used many times before. It has quite an upbeat feel and promises a great deal about fulfilling potential etc.

The technique itself is a bit like Pomodoro-Lite. You can find details of this technique free on the web.
Basically this is what you need to know:

1) Buy yourself a kitchen timer.
2) Decide what you are going to tackle - the writer uses an example of doing a tax return
3) Make sure you don't need to go to the loo or are desperate to have a cup of tea or make an urgent 'phone call.
4) Set timer for 15 minutes
5) Sit down and Focus completely on task for 15 minutes and STOP when timer goes off.
6) Go off and do something else
7) Keep repeating in 15 minute blocks and you will retrain yourself to get things done.
The idea is that you can do ANYTHING for 15 minutes.

The good thing is - it only cost me 99p and I don't have to look at it on my shelf - I can just delete it from my kindle.
(The reviewer who gave the book 1 star was suspicious of the 5 star reviews, because it was their first review.
This is also my first review.)
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I really enjoyed this book. The author clearly has an insight into the working mind. This book has given me practical and easy to follow ideas to prevent avoidance. I found this book to be a page turner and full of tips to encourage me into action. I have decided that this book will be my NEW YEAR BIBLE 2014.
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Found this when I was browsing for a book to read. As I was procrastinating about getting the VAT and accounts done I thought I would read it. It worked. Instead of shying away from doing chores I hate I use the rule and quite often things like VAT, which I dread, actually aren't so bad and 15mins is a start. Very useful. I haven't read all the book yet but it kicked started me!!
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