The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Neil A. Fiore

 

This book is the first I’ve ever come across that actually understands procrastination. Reading through its pages I found myself nodding my head a lot because it described my internal struggle with work almost perfectly. And more importantly, the methods and exercises it provides for battling procrastination seem perfectly valid and easily doable. I’ve already started changing my habits by simply recognizing when I’m headed toward procrastination and being able to head it off before it happens.

And most importantly, this book isn’t just about working harder. It’s about working better and integrating play into your schedule because it recognizes the single most important element to procrastination – the reason we get bummed out and piddle around is the prospect that work is going to take away time from play. So by putting play on your schedule first and building work around play, you flip the whole thing on its head.

Fiore also provides focusing exercises that I found helpful. They take about two minutes to do and leave you feeling invigorated right before you start to work.

I recommend this to anyone who is having trouble with procrastination. Totally worthwhile read.

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