Published 22 June 2020
This is a small book that reads more like an outline. That being said, it includes some good information and helpful hints on tackling procrastination.
The author starts chapter 1 of the book by describing what procrastination is from a scientific standpoint. He describes it as a “tug of war between the limbic system and the prefrontal cortex”. This is all related to the well known “pleasure principle” in the brain, that focuses on activity that feels good.
The author then goes on to categorize the types of procrastinators into three groups:
I feel like these groupings are too simplistic, I know many people that procrastinate for other reasons such as:
Unable to break down projects into tasks
Can’t work alone
The author then moves on to discuss the main causes of procrastination
Good Experiences in the Past
Low Energy Levels
Fear of Failure
Lack of Focus
Focusing on the Task
Plan your Progress
Committing to a Task
Pushing a Fake Deadline
Watching Motivational Speeches
Finding Efficient Ways to do Work
Keeping Track of your Progress
This chapter focuses on how the complexities of your lifestyle can impact the level of procrastination, if life is too over whelming then procrastinating can block that overwhelming feeling for a period of time.
Simplify your emotions
Simplify your relationships
Simplify your attitude
Get and extra hour
Hardest tasks first
Focus on one thing at a time
Have focused time slots
Make quick decisions
Shut off your online life
The idea is to turn any task into a game, this offers competition and rewards of a game. Gamification offers three major benefits:
Allowing yourself to see projects as a small game can increase your productivity
The author offers five major types of procrastinators and options for fixing them. The author seems to segment procrastinators in different ways in each chapter.
The author compares procrastination to a plague that ruins someones life. He reiterates other parts of the book on how to use Gamification and Meditation to help eliminate procrastination.
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