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Do It Now: Overcoming Procrastination

Written by: Fuschia Sirois,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Fuschia Sirois
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Publisher's Summary

Procrastination is an almost universal human experience. While many people attribute procrastination to laziness or a lack of drive, our real motivations to push back and delay important activities and decisions are more complicated than personal weakness. The truth is that humans are well-adapted for basic survival, but they are not so great at managing the stresses and expectations of modern life without a little help.

If our own minds so often work against us, how can we get things done without the stress and last-minute panic so common in our hectic 21st-century lives? You’ll learn how in Do It Now: Overcoming Procrastination, taught by Fuschia Sirois, PhD. In 10 lectures, Dr. Sirois will help you better understand the way your mind works and how to overcome the bad habits that are holding you back. Using the latest scientific research on procrastination, Dr. Sirois will give you the insight and guidance you need to set and meet goals, manage your time better, design an environment that will help you succeed, and much more.

Best of all, Dr. Sirois makes it clear that procrastination is a natural impulse for most people - sometimes, it can even be beneficial. She encourages you not only to work toward better time management but also to get rid of the burden of guilt and internal pressure that so often accompanies this very common behavior. While the tendency to delay the things we need to do is a deep-rooted habit, you will be able to apply and re-apply the strategies and tools you will acquire in this course for the rest of your life.

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More academic research paper than practical guide

This book is good only if you are looking for a research backed theory of how procrastination is defined, why people procrastinate and what are its negative effects. Very limited scope as a practical guide on how you can overcome procastination.

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JUST DO IT solution to Procrastination

she explained well on the reasons, philosophy and scientific evidence on why we procrastinate. i liked the last chapter 20th one as a solution to all the reasons explained till 19th chapter. simple and straightforward JUST DO IT. I Will start right away

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A nice book, ample examples and studies

Book was good with enough studies and actionable itmes. A good connect with the reader was a little Miss though

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a complete synopsis to procrastination

a book with a perfect mix of theory and practicality, there are many things in our day to day life which we know about and don't give attention to them, this AB would all in all gives a better perspective to the concept we call procrastination and how to lessen it as well as avoid a must read go for it you won't regret it

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Not good

too much time is wasted in theoretical discussion about procrastination. readers are interested in knowing about how to overcome it. but even after 1-2 hours of listening, still one is listening to genetics of procrastination, then its end of patience of a reader.

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The best book on procrastination

The best book on procrastination. it helps in understanding the science of procrastination and why we procrastinate. Really helpful....

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A Short & Comprehensible study on Procrastination

It is an excellent study to learn what counts as procrastination, the science behind it, and methods to overcome it.

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read it if you worry that you are a procrastinator

excellent listen for those who are new to neuroscience or procrastination. the audiobook really helped define the word precisely and cited ample studies as example backing every fact. there is also a lot of focus on understanding the root cause of procrastination and ways to tackle it.

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  • JS
  • 03-02-22

Exhaustive study of procrastination

Recommended for people to get the depth of procrastination. Superbly narrated and lots of take aways

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  • camille
  • 03-09-21

This book taught me a lot about myself.

And he gave me strategies on how I can improve on getting to work. Thank you and I would like to experience more of your teachings

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  • PCLinWI
  • 05-09-21

Great Balance

This book gave great balance of concept with usable activities to deal with procrastination.

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  • Sturgie
  • 11-09-21

Evolving a self-help rating scale…..

Assume a self-improvement book will always include 5 chapters of fluff (“why”) to every chapter of strategy (“what/how”), with some factor for profundity. Haven’t sorted it out yet, but Will give this a generous 3. Understand reasons for procrastination, but little that wouldn’t have occurred to me….

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  • SunshinePatti
  • 10-09-21

Was insightful.

The author sounded well learned in composing and structure.
Many good points I will use, that is if I DON'T PROCRASTINATE! LOL

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  • Katherin
  • 06-09-21

Interesting

It's an interesting perspective on what causes procrastination and by understanding that you have a better chance of making changes that will actually work instead of just going with "it's just because I'm lazy."

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  • Talantian
  • 24-11-21

Struggled to finish this audiobook

Too many studies & stories and not enough solutions. The book focuses more on the definition and understanding of procrastination than anything else.

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  • Blake T.
  • 19-10-21

Helped me a bit

Understanding the cause and definition of procrastination has helped me procrastinate a bit less in the past couple weeks. I need to listen again to really remember the approaches to reducing procrastination.

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  • Kyle
  • 14-09-21

Very Helpful and Informative

I can definitely be guilty for procrastination and this listen was great at breaking down the different types and reasons why it happens. There were multiple times I found myself nodding my head thinking this is something I do and even better were the action plans of overcoming these obstacles. I will definitely come back to reference this book and listen to again. Enjoy!

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  • FELIPE MOURELLE
  • 12-10-21

largely just common sense

extremely wordy. without much useful content. largely just common sense. it looks like an academic work that had a minimum number of pages abs the person had nothing elso to talk about.

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  • Phillip J. Fitzsimmons
  • 21-09-21

A fruitful course

The advice in this course is very good. It provides fruitful ways of viewing procrastination and steps for changing behaviors.

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  • 15-12-21

Interesting content, amateurishly narrated

A very interesting topic, well researched and fully explained. The lectures follow a logical path of explanation, with plenty of science-based evidence to back up assertions.

Performance however is poor. The narrator has poor enunciation for an adult. The constant running together of words, and the dropping of the first syllable of longer words, becomes very annoying. The lectures are blandly read, rather than engagingly communicated.

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I write this review in the hope that if the narrator performs again they will improve their delivery, for all our benefits.

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  • papapownall
  • 12-11-21

Exploring the intention action gap

I was not sure whether to get this book or not (see what I did there?)

Studies by psychologists have shown that everyone procrastinates and it is proven to be bad for your health. Apparently all procrastination is delay but not all delay is procrastination and it all depends on whether the delay is voluntary or, worst of all, an intention action gap. The surprising aspect of this book to me was that a subject such as procrastination is the focus of serious academic study. Factors that have an impact on a person's propensity to procrastinate include mood management (i.e. whether you are grumpy or not), and level of self compassion (whether you like yourself or not).

Evidently, the best way for a person to combat procrastination is to channel their thoughts and focus on mindfulness. Currently I am not decided whether I want to do this or not. Maybe I will give it another week or so.

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  • Rory Tomlinson
  • 16-09-21

Thorough examination of procrastination

This audiobook was a good grounding to explore the problems of procrastination, taking it back to its roots to explain how common an affliction procrastination is, where the instinct comes from, and how to take active steps to work through your own experiences with it.

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  • LondonTiger
  • 17-07-22

Boring narrator

Boring content, turned off. This is more a academic book rather than a pratcial one.

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  • Noga Glucksam
  • 01-02-22

The simplistic approach seems limited and tone def

I expected more from a psychological scientist, but this book is not just boring and obvious, but seem lack of empathy and nuanced understanding of the psychological and social causes behind procrastination.
The narration is monotonous, condescending and boring.
Overall, disappointing.

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  • GeorgeBR
  • 07-11-22

Got bored by second chapter

Painful start in Chapter 1, and Chapter 2 didn’t improve. Two very dry chapters of definitions (many of which seem obvious) was too much for me. I can’t help think this is a scientific paper, not a book. I’ve decided to procrastinate on this!

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  • Amal Sal
  • 11-10-22

Outstanding

Very engaging very informative and practical. If I ever fall in the procrastination trap in the future, I’m going to listen to this book again to help put me back on track.

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  • Jan Omar
  • 29-08-22

Very good

Best explanation and ways to remedy the problem of procrastination. Best advice ‘just do it ‘

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-08-22

An excellent guide to overcoming procrastination

The first half of this book focuses on why we procrastinate. The second half provides useful techniques for overcoming procrastination. The book takes the form of a series of lectures, although I don't think you would get the full benefit of the book by cherry-picking only those that you felt were relevant. The author draws on her experience as a psychologist and academic, rooting the explanations and recommendations in scientific studies. However, the material presented is very accessible and does not feel overly academic.
Some reviewers have commented that the narration was not always clear. I didn't find this to be the case. Some other reviewers felt that the book merely 'stated the obvious'. Again, I didn't find this to be true and I feel that this book provides real insight to the subject.

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  • ACDub
  • 19-08-22

Explains so much!

From the Queen of Procrastination!
This was very insightful and explained alot.
I now understand why I put things off and substitute it with other things that give me instant gratification.Thank you!

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  • Justin Hunter
  • 30-09-21

Helpful but a bit boring tbh

I feel like this could have been shortened and more direct for the target audience ie procrastinators.

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  • 01-08-22

Easy to sum up

I could’ve written this book in three words, “Just do it”.
Basically a complete waste of time - ironic.

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  • asad abdullah
  • 16-11-21

Boring stories

don't expect anything "interesting" From the university professors. they give you lecture, not telling stories. that is the difference between the drop out youtube stars vs PHd holder university professors.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-09-21

Outstanding

Wow.. it just makes so much sense!! I feel like I understand by behavior so much better now! And how so many tendencies are interrelated. So grateful to now have this understanding & knowledge, as well as practical guidance to be able to tackle procrastination head on!! Highly recommended read!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-22

Worth a listen

This audio book is packed full of useful information about what I think has been my greatest enemy since as long as I can remember; procrastination.

Now I know and better understand the nature and forms of it and without a doubt( thanks to this book) Will forever be more aware when it tears it’s ugly heads in my daily life; As a matter of fact, I believe I am already on the journey back from procrastination land!!

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  • Thomas
  • 04-08-22

it was great and exactly what I needed

loved it 💯. Everything rang true for me in this book. I can't believe how it's positively affected me!!!

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  • Wolf Ness
  • 11-02-22

Insightful, evidence based and actionable

Amidst a world of quack science and self proclaimed gurus, what a breath of fresh air from a social scientist who traverses a wealth of studies to produce compelling insight and practical advice to make changes and action. Worth every minute

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-22

Excellent

Found this little gem as I suffer from procrastination so bad! Whilst it hasn’t solved it for me having a deeper understanding of it is really helping me through me journey. Great audible. Thanks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-21

Overcoming Procrastination - This is the book I needed 15 years ago

Of all the books I’ve read on procrastination, this has been the most impactful. It explains the complex reason we turn to procrastination in an effort to regulate our mood. With just as much focus on evidence based techniques to overcome it. The author is clearly an expert in the area. I wish I had found this book years ago.
Go on, this is the one. No need to keep looking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-21

Worth the time

Evidence based and enjoyable. I'll definitely listen to it again when I feel like I need reminding.