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The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play [Paperback]

Neil Fiore
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April 10 2007
Learn how to overcome procrastination and enjoy guilt-free play!  One of the most effective programs to combat procrastination, THE NOW HABIT has sold over 100,000 copies, has been translated into 11 languages, and is now revised and updated.

Featuring a new introduction and a new section providing strategies to understand and deal with the role technology plays in procrastination today, THE NOW HABIT offers a comprehensive plan to help readers lower their stress and increase their time to enjoy guilt-free play. Dr. Fiore’s techniques will help any busy person start tasks sooner and accomplish them more quickly, without the anxiety brought on by the negative habits of procrastination and perfectionism.

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"It is rare to find a book that translates academically sound research into wise and helpful advice."
Jeffrey P. Prince, University of California, Berkley

"THE NOW HABIT is the definitive bible for releasing anyone's procrastinating past and becoming a 'producer.' This book is my go-to recommendation to my clients (and myself!) for beating procrastinatiomn and the guilt that comes with it."
Lisa Rothstein, The DaVinci Dilemma

"I recommend THE NOW HABIT to my coaching clients and friends and family members because it provides clear, practical, effective advice for gettingthings done without beating yourself up."
Liisa Kyle, Ph.D, co-author of Happiness Awaits You

"If procrastination is a major problem in your life – or even a minor problem – this book is well worth a reading. The techniques in this book are mostly psychological, but that does not mean they’re not incredibly powerful if used appropriately. Plus, the techniques here dovetail well with many other personal development philosophies, so you don’t have to toss out what you already know and what already works for you in order to adopt THE NOW HABIT"
The SImple Dollar

"’I've found THE NOW HABIT by Neil Fiore, Ph.D. to be a phenomenal resource for many clients who struggle with procrastination. Fiore helps you figure out why you are procrastinating and offers concrete exercises and strategies to overcome the most common blocks to getting started. This is a fantastic book."
Carrie Spaulding, The Thirty-something Coach


About the Author

Neil Fiore, Ph.D., guides managers, executives, and their employees to new levels of peak performance. Drawing from his experience as a lieutenant with the 101st Airborne Division, a manager with Johnson & Johnson, a statistical analyst for Shell Oil, and a psychologist and career counselor at the University of California, Berkeley, Fiore brings practical tools for life and work to his seminar participants. He holds a doctorate in psychology and a B.S. degree in economics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars don't start grad school without it!!! Sept. 4 2007
This is the single most useful, insightful book about procrastination I have ever read. (much better than say, Albert Ellis's). Most books on procrastination just tell you to do a better job of beating up on yourself. If you are enough of an achiever to get into grad school, you are probably already quite adept at this.

What makes Fiore's book so important for grad students (or any knowledge worker facing a large, amorphous, unbounded task) is that the insights are derived from Fiore's experiences in counselling doctoral candidates. Working as a counsellor, Fiore observed what distinguished students who thrived and finished, from those who languished. The successful ones were NOT smarter. Nor were they more "self disciplined" in the sense of depriving themselves and suffering more. Nope. The successful ones produced more because they played more. And they suffered less than those who pushed themselves harder by depriving themselves.

If you are in graduate school, finding it just a TEENSY bit miserable... you owe it to yourself to try this book.
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In The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play, Dr. Neil Fiore writes a concise but complete manual for procrastinators who want to break the habit and become "producers." Dr. Fiore starts in logical fashion to explain why we procrastinate (feeling like a victim, feeling overwhelmed or fear of failure or success) and then sets out a process for us to learn how we procrastinate. Dr. Fiore's novel approach treats procrastination not as a moral failure or character defect, but as learned behaviour that can become unlearned. He goes onto describe a practice of changing our mental paradigm from people who feel confined and compelled into people who are making choices. The emphasis is on starting rather than completing, and on being human rather than being perfect.

The author introduces and explains a number of novel and freeing concepts such as guilt-free play and the "unschedule" which can be used to make the transition from procrastinator to producer. He also provides some helpful suggestions for overcoming common obstacles and how to work toward a "flow state" in which we are "in the zone" of our assigned tasks. He provides some helpful ideas on being flexible in becoming more productive and concludes with a very helpful chapter about how we can peacefully coexist with procrastinating colleagues, co-workers and partners.

I found the principles and ideas provided in this book to be very helpful. They are adaptable to every walk of life, including the creative and the professional. If you have issues with procrastination, the time it takes to complete these easily read 200 pages may pay dividends for your career and your peace of mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Motivation! Feb. 9 2012
By H0wlin
Motivating! Understanding the why gives insight into how to do something about procrastination. An excellent purchase for a problem procrastinator.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It could help, but needs better organization Jan. 26 2012
By SBuckle
This is the first 'self-help' book I've read. Admittedly, I dont put a lot of stock into them, especially when they're more 'coaching' than 'system'. This was book was in between. Some of Fiore's ideas could help a person, but he could have distilled them a lot easier. At the end of the day, it's be confident in your abilities, think positive about yourself, know hard work is always rewarded and take small steps with everything. Practicing all that is what takes time and belief.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DO IT NOW Feb. 20 2009
By Guy
Among the best books which analyse the procrastination and that give tools to avoid traps. Stop delaying, do it now, read this book!
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