Monday, August 8, 2011

The Procrastination Equation by Piers Steel, PhD

iconiconThere's nothing quite so funny as procrastinating about reading a book on procrastination, is there? My library actually got the ebook of The Procrastination Equation a couple months ago, and I put a hold on it way back then.  But every time my hold inched closer to the front of the list, I had too many other books out, so I kept canceling and re-instating my hold to push it further back — all the while thinking how ironic it was that I was doing so.

I finally got the book, though, and read it a few days before it was due back (of course!).  But I found it was a great book, full of lots of useful information.  First the book talks about why people procrastinate, and has you take a quiz to find out why you procrastinate.  After scaring you silly by going on for a couple of chapters about all the detrimental effects of procrastinating, the book goes on to talk about techniques you can use to combat each of the three types of procrastination.

If you are interested in finding out a little more about what the book has to say, check out a post on my writers blog about how to stop procrastinating, which I wrote after reading this book.

If there's anything that the author wants you to take away from the book, it's that procrastination is pervasive — everyone does it, and you're never going to get rid of the habit entirely — but that there are ways you can minimize the habit and improve your productivity.  A great book, easy to read, and packed with useful information!

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