9781585425525

The Now Habit A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play

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    9781585425525

  • ISBN10:

    1585425524

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-04-05
  • Publisher: Tarcher
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Summary

Originally published by Tarcher in 1988, The Now Habit has sold more than 58,000 copies, and is as relevant as ever!Author Neil Fiore offers the first comprehensive strategy to overcome the causes of procrastination and to eliminate its deleterious effects. His techniques will help any busy person get more things done more quickly, without the anxiety and stress brought on by failure to meet the workplace's pressing deadlines.This revised, redesigned edition includes a new introduction and a section that provides strategies to understand and deal with the complex role technology plays in procrastination today.

Author Biography

Neil Fiore, Ph.D., guides managers, executives, and their employees to new levels of peak performance. 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.

Table of Contents

Why we procrastinatep. 11
Warning signs of procrastination
A positive view of the human spirit
Our worst critic : ourselves
Procrastination is rewarding
How we procrastinatep. 36
Knowing how you spend your time
The procrastination log
Creating safety : the first major step out of procrastination
How to talk to yourselfp. 57
Counterproductive messages
The power of choice
Five self-statements that distinguish procrastinators from producers
Guilt-free play, quality workp. 78
The importance of play
The pull method of self-motivation
From guilt-free play to quality work
Overcoming blocks to actionp. 95
Three major blocks
Tool #1 : three-dimensional thinking and the reverse calendar
Tool #2 : the work of worrying
Tool #3 : persistent starting
The unschedulep. 118
Even producers need a system
Reverse psychology
How to use the unschedule
Adjusting your unschedule
Working in the flow statep. 144
Using more of your brain
It's only your first draft
Learning to focus
Focusing exercise
Relaxation exercise
Incorporating flow states into your program
Fine-tuning your progressp. 162
Planned setbacks
Resilience and hardiness
Concentration : controlling distractions
Mental rehearsal and preprogramming
Effective goal-setting
The procrastinator in your lifep. 183
Managing people who procrastinate
Commitment vs. Compliance
Focusing on starting vs. Finishing
Getting results or giving criticism
Living with a procrastinator
A last word
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