The Procrastination Equation

The Procrastination Equation

How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Things Done

Book - 2011
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Draws on more than a decade of research to explain how to recognize and overcome procrastination habits, offering insight into biological and psychological factors while challenging popular beliefs.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011
ISBN: 9780061703614
0061703613
Branch Call Number: Health & Wellness 155.2 Ste

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smileyllama
Aug 02, 2017

Possibly just skip to chapter 7 (as per summary comment)

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bibliokrisp
May 16, 2015

Several helpful tips and interesting examples of procrastination at all levels of society. I like one of the author's final sections on the need for some impulsivity; without it, most of us would be very bored (and boring).

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There are interesting things in this book, and most people will recognize themselves in at least some of the descriptions. It seems to me, though, that there's a paradox at the heart of Steel's project. He makes a compelling argument that humans are, in fact, hard-wired to procrastinate. Consequently, he's promoting ways to thwart our basic natures. Maybe I'm a head in the sand type, but wouldn't it be better NOT to know this, especially, if you're trying to change counter-productive habits? The other problem I have is that the tome is full of snarky remarks directed at the reader. Everything Steel reveals about his past and his life made me dislike him more. Do I really WANT to take advice from this guy? The best part consists of a section with action plans on pp. 124-137. Just think, if this had been a 13-page pamphlet, I could have been spared the other 207 pages of self-important preening and demeaning sarcasm. And HE'S (according to the blurb) "the world's leading researcher and speaker on the science of motivation and procrastination". Save yourself the pain and skip to Chapter 7.

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