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don't start grad school without it!!!
le 4 septembre 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.