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The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done Paperback – 3 Jan 2012

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  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (3 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061703621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061703621
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 829,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""The Procrastination Equation" is this season's must-read self-help book. In addition to offering useful strategies to fight a common problem, it's a fascinating read."--"Montreal Gazette"

"A useful, eye-opening book."--Booklist

"Why you 'put off till tomorrow what you can do today' forms the crux of Steel's book, in which he not only answers that question but details specific techniques to reign in the impulse. . . . Offers good advice."--Library Journal

"An upbeat, motivational guide to procrastination. . . . Everything you ever wanted to know about procrastination but never got around to reading."--Kirkus Reviews

""The Procrastination Equation" will teach you how to bust the excuses that are preventing you from doing your best work and living your best life. . . . So don't put it off any longer. Read this book. Today."--Daniel H. Pink, author of "Drive" and "A Whole New Mind"

"The Procrastination Equation" is this season s must-read self-help book. In addition to offering useful strategies to fight a common problem, it s a fascinating read. --"Montreal Gazette""

An upbeat, motivational guide to procrastination. . . . Everything you ever wanted to know about procrastination but never got around to reading. --Kirkus Reviews"

Why you put off till tomorrow what you can do today forms the crux of Steel s book, in which he not only answers that question but details specific techniques to reign in the impulse. . . . Offers good advice. --Library Journal"

Procrastinating just makes unpleasant tasks worse, so why is it so hard for us to resist dithering and delay? "The Procrastination Equation" is crammed with surprising insights about procrastination and human nature -- as well as concrete, helpful solutions for fighting procrastination. --Gretchen Rubin, author of "The Happiness Project""

Procrastination is the saffron spice of human behavior, where even small amounts of this tendency can shatter the best of intentions. In this illuminating book Piers Steel shows us the secrets of procrastination, how it affects us and how we will, one day, be able to prevail. --Dan Ariely, author of "The Upside of Irrationality" and "Predictably Irrational""

"The Procrastination Equation" will teach you how to bust the excuses that are preventing you from doing your best work and living your best life. . . . So don t put it off any longer. Read this book. Today. --Daniel H. Pink, author of "Drive" and "A Whole New Mind""

I put off writing this blurb til the last minute. I thought it was because I was too busy but after reading "The Procrastination Equation," I know the real reasons. Piers Steel will help you tackle the goals . . . that always seemed . . . out of reach. --Richard Florida, author of "The Great Reset""

A useful, eye-opening book. --Booklist"

"The Procrastination Equation is this season's must-read self-help book. In addition to offering useful strategies to fight a common problem, it's a fascinating read."--Montreal Gazette

"Procrastinating just makes unpleasant tasks worse, so why is it so hard for us to resist dithering and delay? The Procrastination Equation is crammed with surprising insights about procrastination and human nature -- as well as concrete, helpful solutions for fighting procrastination."--Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

"Procrastination is the saffron spice of human behavior, where even small amounts of this tendency can shatter the best of intentions. In this illuminating book Piers Steel shows us the secrets of procrastination, how it affects us and how we will, one day, be able to prevail."--Dan Ariely, author of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational

"The Procrastination Equation will teach you how to bust the excuses that are preventing you from doing your best work and living your best life. . . . So don't put it off any longer. Read this book. Today."--Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

"I put off writing this blurb 'til the last minute. I thought it was because I was too busy but after reading The Procrastination Equation, I know the real reasons. Piers Steel will help you tackle the goals . . . that always seemed . . . out of reach."--Richard Florida, author of The Great Reset

From the Back Cover

Do you surf the Web instead of finishing overdue projects? Do you always say you'll start that diet . . . tomorrow? Do you stay up late watching television instead of going to bed?

You are not alone. In fact, you belong to the 95 percent of the world that admits to procrastination. We are hardwired to procrastinate, and with so many new ways to distract ourselves in the digitized world, putting things off has never been easier.

Using a mix of psychology, science, self-help advice, and his own research, Dr. Piers Steel--internationally recognized as the foremost authority on procrastination--dispels the myths and misunderstandings of motivation, replacing them with a clear explanation of why we put off until tomorrow what we should be doing today and providing cutting-edge techniques you need to get things done in the workplace and at home.

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I decided in writing this review, to draw attention to the hardback version which at the time of looking is cheaper to buy than the paperback. If this is true at the time you read this review, then I suggest you pat yourself on the back and place your order now, as you clearly have researched hard to reach this point and are a contrarian thinker who picks the higher fruit from the tree. The book will reward you first by being a well researched academic piece that is written with humour and skill to deliver a very powerful and personal message. It will absolutely destroy all the lies that you have told yourself about how you know where everything is in your piled high "filing" system and that doing everything at the last minute is motivating to you. The book gets to the very core about what your real motivations are in procrastination and will explain to you either why you are not a leader, or not as good a leader as you could be. It will cause you to recognise the difference it has made and will make to your life. Unfortunately the author makes the rigid decision of tying himself entirely to the academic world in that if it hasn't been researched and scientifically proven then it doesn't exist. Therefore in his world Billy-Bob Hokey and all the unlearned but wise old sages who have homespun advice are entirely ignored in favour of research about dinosaurs and neuro science. Ok so in summary you have a sound book based on academic rigour and translated into humanspeak, which doesn't tell you that other non academic books also have great merit. The writer offers many good techniques at a Guardian reader rather than Sun reader level and explains that your procrastination is powerfully linked to traits such as impulsiveness.Read more ›
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Absolutely jammed full of good ideas and insights of use and interest beyond solving procrastination. Well written and clear. I’ve read a number of books on this topic and this is easily the best. I would say though, as with all self-help books, they don’t know you and your specific problems and that is often very significant. In my case I concluded that I don’t really have a procrastination problem I have a problem with hating my life situation and procrastination was the outcome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Delay! Read it! 28 Feb. 2012
By G.S. Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
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I really, really, really like this book! I found it at the public library and thought it would be another lame, "make lists, set goals and priorities" book but boy was I wrong! Rather than letting it sit for a week, like I normally do, I read it straight thru in two evenings. I'm a recovering "world class procrastinator" so I was ready to be disappointed, as I have been with so many other books on this subject, but it wasn't to be! Bottom line: I like the fact that he has science to back up his suggestions and some clear, step-by-step ways to implement them. I bought the book so I could highlight the heck out of it (libraries tend to frown on that practice. Go figure?) and have started using the ideas that fit my pattern of "addiction" - and they are working! Maybe its just me, maybe its the book or a combination, but I'm getting results that other books haven't provided. Don't skip the evaluation quizzes in the first chapter and do the full online version as well - you may not like the results! If you really suffer from procrastination this might be a book for you. Don't procrastinate! Buy it now and read it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, well-written, and has a point. 9 July 2013
By Kevin Wrotenbery - Published on Amazon.com
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Steel lays out why people procrastinate, why it matters, and then offers the best available evidence-based practices to help cope with it. He provides extensive references and none of the oversimplified anecdotes that plague the self-help genre, relying instead of fictitious examples of three different types of procastinators to illustrate his points. The writing style was informal and engaging but the content is clearly based on academic work. I will complain that on my kindle version a few of the charts displayed in very small print and were hard to read. No book is going to change your life, but if you are at all interested in or dealing with procrastination, this one is very much worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much great info, helped me alot 12 Mar. 2016
By morning wood - Published on Amazon.com
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Much great info, helped me alot. I now attack projects rather then put them on a to do list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Jun. 2016
By Yuying Zeng - Published on Amazon.com
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but I was expecting more concrete ways to eliminate procrastination. 16 Mar. 2017
By Line - Published on Amazon.com
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Not a good how to book. Explained the history and the why of procrastination, but slim on specific tools and techniques.
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