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've had to google the narrator to make sure she is a real person. She sounds like an automated answer machine. Even though the internet tells me Ms Burr is a human being, I still have doubts. I would never get anything narrated by her again. It's very distracting.
Yes. The information is in depth and helpful.
Artificial. Insincere. Synthetic.
The subtitle of the book 'what to do about procrastination' suggests that it will help combat procrastination - well it doesn't in my view. To start with the narrator has a very boring monotonous voice and then spends the first 2/3 of the book explaining the theories around the subject that just goes on and on and on ..... Without any real insight or interest. The section where I hoped to gain some useful tips into dealing with procrastination did not fare any better. It goes off in tangents - eg there is the best part of an hour discussing the loneliness of first generation immigrants in the US and how this affects procrastination - not a solution for me. Kept on listening in the hope of some wisdom but sorry, just completely wasted my time. Would have wasted less time procrastinating - how ironic.
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.
A 12 year old child maybe.
Awful. Awful awful awful. Somehow I managed to get thru listening to all of this (despite falling asleep on several occasions) - nonsense. Patronising nonsense. I got practically nothing of any real value from this. The only thing I did get is the sudden motivation to write my own book, because if people make a living writing nonsense like this, then I need to try this ;)
Sorry, I don't mean to be rude, but this was a total waste of money!
"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.
"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!
Excellent factual information. Great step by step practical solutions. The authors are clearly very experienced in the field of procrastination.
"Waste of my money, pretty annoyed!"
Ugh i don't know, but this was not for me.
Very cliched. All stuff i had heard before many many times, but made longer...which made it more boring!
How ironic that a book about trying to cure procrastination - made me procrastinate! Trying to get thru this book was a huge chore but as i had spent so much on it i was determined to try. It was awful. I picked up a few small things but mostly this was nonsense and boring nonsense at that.
The insights provided by this book have helped encourage me as have the anecdotes. I do not plan to follow all the advice. Partnering with someone would not work for me. I am a loner and ADD. A partner would be a distraction. I want to follow through by reading the book on the Kindle app. It is a worthy book.
It met all of my expectations and beyond. I now understand what lies beneath my procrastination, and I can move forward feeling better about myself while I implement some of the techniques to improve upon my efforts to reduce procrastination in my behaviour. Thank you so much for all of your dedication and serious efforts writing this book.
"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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