A unique, comprehensive program designed to overcome the causes of procrastination. Dr. Fiore's powerful techniques will help the reader get work done and enjoy free time.
Like many of the reviewers below, I've had great success in school and life when I've actually applied myself, but have sold myself short for my entire life by never putting in a consistent effort.
I read The Now Habit about a month ago, and applying its suggestions has literally revolutionized my life. Keep in mind that I've read self-help books and listened to motivational tapes for years: Zig Ziglar, Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, etc. These materials were always helpful and made me feel great and motivated, but after reading The Now Habit, I realized that the majority of them told me the same thing: discipline yourself, have a positive mental attitude, and just do it.
That never worked to my satisfaction, though. I found myself having streaks of success and positive thinking, but then I would fall into a rut and get behind on everything in my life through procrastination. I always felt guilty about spending nights out with my wife rather than studying, or would find myself playing computer games for hours, putting other things off, and never TRULY enjoying it. All of my play time was guilty play time. I had tried to adopt the mantra of the salesman Tom Hopkins, "I must do the most productive thing possible at every given moment," and found myself miserable in trying to do so.
This book helped me to realize the importance . . . no, the absolute **necessity** of PLAY TIME. In its words, you have to play hard to work more productively.Read more ›
Five years ago, I worked at an office job I didn't like much. Since reading Neil Fiore's book, I have written and published two well-reviewed children's books and realized my life-long dream of studying medicine. At the age of 35, I started medical school with no science background or training and in 5 months, I will graduate as an MD. This book allowed me to follow my dreams (thirty minutes at a time) and to acheive them. It can help you do the same.
Do not be fooled by books with flashier covers; it's what's inside that counts. Anyone who procrastinates will recognize themselves in these pages; they will also recognize the feelings of being overwhelmed and paralyzed before even starting a project, and the disappointment in themselves that results from chronic procrastination.
This is a book that actually teaches you to understand yourself, to take care of yourself, and to help yourself develop simple habits that can change your life. This is truly an easy and non-scary program, proving that you don't have to turn your life upside down to turn it around! The words in this book have stayed with me for years, and I carry a little card with reminders from it in my wallet. This program works. Believe me - I learned medicine thirty minutes at a time! And, most importantly, I had lots of time left over for fun.
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I have to say I really enjoyed this book. First it made me understand why I procrastinate, what the psychological drivers are behind it. The techniques are brilliant in their simplicity, so simple you'll wonder why you didn't work it out before. I have got through more work this week than the last month using them. But more importantly I've really enjoyed the time I have had off for the first time in years.
I also have adult ADD and find that procrastination is often the symptom of the larger issues of ADD. For those that are dealing with this debilitating behaviour on a day to day basis I urge you to buy it. A habit like procrastination is not developed overnight and I doubt that it will go away overnight either. The techniques you'll find in the book will immediately get your working on the right path and I for one have really felt for the first time that I can beat this wretched behaviour and really start enjoying life.
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I'd like to note that I think the excerpts displayed by Amazon.com here are not the best part of the book; they're pretty generic and unoriginal and when I first looked in the Now Habit on Amazon.com, I skipped over it because it seemed contentless. I bought the Albert Ellis foundation's procrastination book instead because I knew about the RET principles and it seemed scientific. Unfortunately, that book didn't help me at all, it just said -- well, it's irrational to procrastinate so don't do it. Well, I knew that already.
What convinced me to finally get the Now Habit were the customer reviews here and they were right. The book itself is quite fresh; encouraging but with concrete tactics to tackle your own mental blocks. It teaches you to trick yourself into getting your butt in gear again. I can only say that it worked for me.