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The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play [Paperback]

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Pages   205
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.18" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 5, 2007
Publisher   Tarcher
Age  18
ISBN  1585425524  
EAN  9781585425525  

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Learn how to overcome procrastination and enjoy guilt-free play One of the most effective programs to combat procrastination, THE NOW HABIT has sold over 100,000 copies, has been translated into 11 languages, and is now revised and updated.
Featuring a new introduction and a new section providing strategies to understand and deal with the role technology plays in procrastination today, THE NOW HABIT""offers a comprehensive plan to help readers lower their stress and increase their time to enjoy "guilt-free play. "Dr. Fiore's techniques will help any busy person start tasks sooner and accomplish them more quickly, without the anxiety brought on by the negative habits of procrastination and perfectionism.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Neil Fiore, Ph.D., guides managers, executives, and their employees to new levels of peak performance. Drawing 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.

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Ph.D. student at Berkeley finally sees the light  Dec 16, 2008
Fiore used to work as a counselor for groups of procrastinating Ph.D. students at Berkeley. I am currently a procrastinating Ph.D. student at Berkeley. Not surprisingly, his advice is spot on for me. I wrote the following review for my blog:


I am currently reading - not Sartre, not Foucault - but Fiore. Who is Neil Fiore, Ph.D.? He is the man who will enable me to finish a draft of my dissertation by May. Therefore, he is more important to me than any French guy and/or philosopher could ever be.

Neil Fiore is the author of The Now Habit.

Katharine recommended this book as the most productive way to put off writing my dissertation. She was right. Fiore has special credentials when it comes to my seemingly intractable case. He was a counselor for a group of procrastinating doctoral candidates at, get this, UC Berkeley. Over time, he discovered an interesting difference between those who finished writing in a reasonable amount of time (two years or less) and those who didn't.

Fiore found that, surprisingly, "intelligence and emotional problems were not the characteristics that distinguished the two groups. The real difference seemed to be that those who took three to thirteen years to finish their dissertations suffered more" (p. 81). Long-term procrastinators, of which doctoral students are prime specimens, see themselves as working all the time, deprived, guilty, with their 'real' lives on hold.

When did Fiore implant a web cam in my brain?

I'm not usually tempted to apply pop psychology to my life, but I'm ready to implement his suggestions, including writing for a quality 25 or so hours per week and playing, cooking & exercising the rest of the time. Planned fun is mandatory.

Fiore also persuasively argues that procrastination does not stem from laziness, but from perfectionism. When I was triathlon training, I complained to a friend that I felt guilty about being lazy and not writing enough. She laughed - how could I call myself lazy when I was waking up at 5:30 a.m. for two-hour workouts? Her question gave me pause. Fiore points out that, strangely enough, procrastination is (short-sighted) rational behavior for perfectionists: we get the reward of putting off work on something that can't possibly be good enough and, when forced to do the project at the last minute, can tell ourselves that it isn't a true representation of our work.

I don't want to reveal all of the tricks up Fiore's sleeve and deprive him of whatever profit he makes from the $10.17 you pay, but here is a final nugget, the epigraphs from Chapter 5:

Serenity Prayer: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

Stress Prayer: Grant me the stubbornness to struggle against things I cannot change; the inertia to avoid work on my own behaviors and attitudes which I can change; and the foolishness to ignore the differences between external events beyond my control and my own controllable reactions. But, most of all, grant me a contempt for my own human imperfection and the limits of human control.

Blogging, by the way, is not procrastination. It's warming up.
Ideology  Dec 11, 2008
This book promotes the internalization of a Protestant work ethic, which is perhaps what readers may indeed desire. Fiore has some interesting insights into the psychology of the chronic procrastinator, but I found the book's ideology too much to swallow:

"We all have a number of things we would like to accomplish, things we tell ourselves we 'should' accomplish -- increasing our net profits, learning to play the piano, making a million dollars, taking a vacation, writing a book, finishing a degree, repairing the house, losing ten pounds, spending more time with friends, getting up earlier..." --- how much more bourgeois can this book get?

Procrastinators, you are more than producers!! No matter how "fun" efficiency can be, life is more than setting and meeting goals.
It speaks to me   Nov 30, 2008
I do see myself in the book and it gives me a perspective on why I keep putting off the work. It did help me the first week I read it, but the influence fade away over time. It is a book and it takes serious effort to "do it now" on your part. I try to resume the now habit this week and will continue reminding myself of doing it.
Golden Book  Oct 26, 2008
This book nails it all. I was a bit scared with some of the reviews before buying. But thank goodness I brought. This book is far more worth then its price. This book have the content to change your life for betterment for ever. Thanks Neil for writing such a wonderful book. It really changed my attitude towards any work.
Exciting stuff  Oct 26, 2008
I'm definitely planning on getting this book. First thing tomorrow. Or the next day... hopefully.

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