Based on their workshops and counseling experience, psychologists Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen offer a probing, sensitive, and at times humorous look at a problem that affects everyone: students and scientists, secretaries and executives, homemakers and salespeople. Procrastination identifies the reasons we put off tasks - fears of failure, success, control, separation, and attachment - and their roots in our childhood and adult experiences.
The authors offer a practical, tested program to overcome procrastination by achieving set goals, managing time, enlisting support, and handling stress. Burka and Yuen even provide tips on living and working with the procrastinators you may know.
Wise, effective, and easy to use, this new edition shows why for 25 years Procrastination has been an immediate must-have for anyone who puts things off until tomorrow.
©1983, 2008 Jane B. Burka (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Actually, I rather enjoyed this book- it's always a good sign when I realise I am quietly giggling to myself when listening. It is read very well by the narrator who has an engaging voice. In summary, I think that the greatest strengths of this book are also its greatest weaknesses. Ironically for a book on procrastination, this is a fairly long book- and yet it manages for the most part not to procrastinate. What it does do is to suggest that just about every single challenging issue in life is a basically procrastination and that this all is ultimately linked to our parents and childhood. The book adopts a Freudian psycho-analytical approach, often at the expense of other psychological interventions. This is fine, albeit that the book does go on and on. There were many times I felt like shouting 'why can't you just let things in the past be that you cannot change, accept them and move on from a position of empowerment?'
I don't know but I hugely blame my very low ratings on the "narrator" it wasn't the pace (i know you can toggle that in the setting), it was mostly the narrator's style of reading. Also for some reason the ideas seemed dated to me.
"Just like a therapy"
This is a very good book, helped me a lot and I urged to write this review. Better listening than reading, feels just like a real therapy session!
"Not as an audio book."
The content is helpful.
As a kindle book, fine. As an audio book, not so much. I bought the audio version so I could listen while riding the subway. The narrator's voice is grating. (Really? You couldn't get anyone better?) Also, you soon realize how often the word procrastinator is used in this book...and that's grating, too. "Be firm with the procrastinator." "If the procrastinator delays on something..." "Procrastinator. The procrastinator! I realize it's a book about procrastination, but... It's like listening to the song Roxanne. If I took a drink every time she said procrastinator.... And the way she says it and the way it's used... procrastinator starts sounding like...an evil, nasty person. Procrastinator! I had to shut it off.
"Extremely helpful and informative"
Absolutely. This book took procrastination and broke it down to all the reasons why someone does it, how the brain has been affected, and how patterns have been set. It cross references things such as ADD and ED and how we were raised with Cognitive thinking and awareness. This book breaks things down in a logical format that is understandible and helps you to not condemn either yourself or your loved one who is a procrastinator.
I'm currently listening to "Everyone's a Theologian: An Introduction to Theology" by R.C. Sproul.
No, this was the first book by her. She pronounces a few words a little differently than I would, but otherwise it was good.
Journalling for awareness as well as talking to the procrastinator in my life very differently.
I sure wish I could get my procrastinator to listen this book.
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