Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm Reading Now

This doesn't fall into the category of Very Exciting Reading or even anything teen or YA-related, but the book I'm reading now is called The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play.

The book I'm reading.

Basically, I was looking for a book to help me manage my time better (aka not waste so much of it) and be more productive. I already have Getting Things Done, which is great for helping me organize the stuff I have to do, but not so great at helping motivate me to actually do the stuff.

I'm only a couple of chapters in, and already it's helped me figure out why I procrastinate. (FYI, it has to do with perfectionism and temporary stress relief.) Now I just need to read the part that helps me learn how to actually stop procrastinating.

As a side note, I downloaded the free sample of this book on my Nook and it gave me just enough pages to know that I wanted to read the whole thing (not always true for Nook samples, btw). I'm generally gun-shy of self-help-type books, so the sample chapters were definitely helpful.

What about you? Have you got any time-management, procrastination-abatement, task-motivation techniques to share? I promise I'll pay you back by writing even more books sooner!




nymfaux said...

Sounds like good reasons to procrastinate to me! ;) I'd love to hear if the book actually works for you--I've got the same kind of issues. I don't know if I've got any good tips to share, but I do like Paul McKenna's books--they come with these hypnotic cds--Literally hypnotic. I wasn't really sure that I believed in that kind of thing, but I was definitely curious--and I do know that when I listen to the cds when I go to sleep, I tend to sleep better and feel more motivated and refreshed when I wake up. If nothing else, they are a good way to wind down at the end of the day!

stephhale said...

I would have never guessed that you procrasinate. It seems like you are always writing. I, on the other hand, seem to have developed adult ADD. ;)

Heather R. Holden said...

I am so bad at procrastinating. (Actually, I'm GOOD at procrastinating, hence the problem, haha.) I should probably consider tracking down a copy of this book!

One thing I already do to help me not procrastinate is write down everything I need to do in a planner. While I don't always accomplish everything, it helps me get a lot more done than I would've otherwise!