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Learn how to overcome procrastination and enjoy guiltfree play!  One of the most effective programs to combat procrastination, THE NOW HABIT has sold over , copies, has been translated intolanguages, and is now revised and updatedFeaturing 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 guiltfree play Dr Fiore’s techniques will help any busy person start tasks sooner and accomplish them quickly, without the anxiety brought on by the negative habits of procrastination and perfectionism

10 thoughts on “The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt Free Play

  1. Emma Sea Emma Sea says:

    original review Jan 13, 2013

    The whole book was one big THIS!!. Interspersed with a few Fuck! I'm such a doofus moments.


    book +36 hours

    -completed a draft of an article I've been avoiding since November
    -emailed someone I've been dodging for ten days
    -joined a gym and went once (this is a different kettle of fish from joining a gym and going a sustained 4+ times a week; please check back)
    -Completed a work review I have put off since December
    -completed a task due last November

    update 21 Sep 2015

    this book didn't make my life perfect, but it really did change me for the better.

    I changed my job
    I allow myself to have things that make me happy
    I moved to my dream condo (I have a pool! I wanted a pool my whole life but figured I didn't deserve one. Now I have one! Eeeeee!)
    I earn more money
    I'm healthier
    I completed several important personal projects
    I still go to the gym
    I restarted a recreational activity I love
    I gave up ownership of some problems that were making me miserable and guilty

    I still struggle with giving myself free time, because I don't feel I've earned it, but I keep working on it. I struggle with completing personal tasks, as I give priority to work tasks, but I'm working on that too.

    I still give this 5 stars

  2. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    Oh my gosh, I'm in such a quandary. I know I never get round to things and overthink things to the extent that action become a distant concept. I need help. I recognise that. This book looks like it could help.

    But before I found it, I was checking out this one, The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination and now I don't know which one to get. I'll have to think about it and hopefully decide before next week's book order goes in. Or the one after that.

    Maybe I should look for more books on the subject, see if any of them can help me make up my mind.

    That's something to think on. I'm going to make a cup of coffee.

    Update I did buy several books on procrastination for the shop, but couldn't make up my mind which to take home to read. It was very anxiety-producing. Luckily I sold them and didn't reorder. Can't handle that kind of pressure!

  3. Jaidee Jaidee says:

    4.5 helpful, systematic, encouraging stars !!!

    2017 Honorable Mention Read

    I am a closet procrastinator. My friends do not know that I am., but my partner and family are well aware of it. Procrastination has become quite severe over the past three years to the point that I am tired much of the time and needing more and more rest despite not really increasing my productivity.

    This book was immensely helpful to me and I am already turning things around and hope to continue doing so. Through reflection and implementing these strategies I have discovered that I am not lazy or unmotivated but rather have way too many demands and most of those are self-imposed.

    I am not a perfectionist either but the fact of the matter is that all the projects that I am involved in both work and leisure spheres are not necessary to my well-being and in fact are causing unnecessary stress. This book has helped me come up with a plan to get my time under control, prioritize my tasks, schedule in more free time and most important helped me understand that I can let many things go in order to improve my quality of life. I do not need to have both a full time job and a side business. I do not need to have the income as we have everything we need and can greatly cut down on our expenses so that we don't have to work as much.

    In a few short weeks, my sense of ease has increased and my knowledge that what I set my mind to do I can accomplish while letting a lot of other obligations and time wasters go.

    The book takes the reader through a wide variety of strategies, examples and explanations that will be helpful to anybody that procrastinates from an occasional basis to those that are heavily oppressed by this very difficult human problem.

    My one small issue with the book is that all of his case studies tended to be those that work in business or sales and it would have been helpful to have a wider variety of occupations and professions looked at.

    There is also a very helpful chapter for managers in how to deal with procrastination in their employees as management styles are often the main culprit in procrastination in subordinates.

    This book was mildly life-changing for me and for that Dr. Fiore I am very thankful !!

  4. Zack Ward Zack Ward says:

    I wish that I could recommend this book to my Freshman self, because the program is already working for me (Medical School Application).

    Fiore puts forth the thesis that procrastination is a defense mechanism that people use to escape the anxiety they feel for large looming projects. They are afraid of producing inadequate work and they are afraid of being judged harshly for failing. It isn't laziness that drives the procrastinator to procrastinate, rather, it is the negative self-talk: the should've's and have-to's, the feeling of being trapped, an inability to accurately keep track of time spent, and a temporary reprieve from all of the suffering that the procrastinator must deal with.

    So how does one beat procrastination, this learned behavior that we engage in to get away from self-imposed criticism and anguish? Fiore suggests starting with changing the way you talk to yourself. Always choose to do things because you choose to do them, not because you have to. You'll feel less trapped that way. Next, schedule all the things you do in a day EXCEPT the work you intend on completing (he calls this the Unschedule). This will give you a realistic glimpse of your day so that you don't schedule things that you are likely to fail to do. After that, compose an exhaustive list of all the tasks that you need to complete in order to complete the project, organize them by chronology, and write them backwards, starting with your finished product and working your way back to your current situation. This reverse calendar should provide a realistic roadmap to your ultimate goal. By breaking the project into small chunks, you are increasing the probability that you are going to get started on each task, especially if you build a winning streak

    Fiore goes on to explain that we become most productive when we stick to a schedule of mandatory fun. By scheduling tennis, horseback riding, camping, frisbee, biking and other fun things, you structure your days around fun. You fit your work time around these fun things, trying to hit a certain number of work hours everyday. The goal is to START as often as possible, not finish. When you think of finishing things, you think of overwhelming and indefinite goals in the future, which can be self-defeating. It is better to think of work as a series of tasks with immediate and tangible goals, which is obviously more motivating.

    Fiore also provides focusing exercises that I found helpful. They take about two minutes to do and leave you feeling invigorated right before you start to work.

    I recommend this to anyone who is having trouble with procrastination. Totally worthwhile read.

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  6. Jason Jason says:

    I'm not usually one to read a bunch of self help sort of books, though I occasionally will run through one on a recommendation, such as the odd finance book about getting debt under control. But, despite other problems that I have in life the single biggest, hands down, is procrastination.

    People who don't procrastinate will look at a procrastinator and see only that that person is either not working hard enough or putting off work. They don't procrastinate and as such don't understand the motivations and reasons behind why someone would. So they demand get to work and just do it and work harder which more often than not will just cause more procrastination.

    This book is the first I've ever come across that actually understands procrastination. Reading through its pages I found myself nodding my head a lot because it described my internal struggle with work almost perfectly. And more importantly, the methods and exercises it provides for battling procrastination seem perfectly valid and easily doable. I've already started changing my habits by simply recognizing when I'm headed toward procrastination and being able to head it off before it happens.

    And most importantly, this book isn't just about working harder. It's about working better and integrating play into your schedule because it recognizes the single most important element to procrastination - the reason we get bummed out and piddle around is the prospect that work is going to take away time from play. So by putting play on your schedule first and building work around play, you flip the whole thing on its head.

    The only hesitation I had in giving this 5 stars is that the last couple of chapters delve into the sort of hippy zen breathing chanting mantra type stuff that I tend to loath in self help books. But up until that point it was an excellent book, and really you can ignore that part and still get a lot out of it.

  7. Cara Cara says:

    Most books that claim to help you with procrastination boil down to: get organized, make a list, get off your butt and do your work. Unlike those, this book is very helpful. It starts by explaining why people procrastinate. It's not because we're lazy, it's because procrastination rewards us in one way or another (ex. if you delay a task, sometimes it will turn out not to have been necessary at all, so not doing it saved you some pointless work. Goofing off is more fun than work. If you wait until the last minute, if your work isn't perfect, you have a built-in excuse to not consider that a reflection on you--you would have done better if you had had more time). So the trick is to find a way to make work less scary and more rewarding than procrastinating.

    5 blocks to productivity:
    - I have to... No, you can choose to do it or choose the consequences of not doing it. Same with I should... Forget that--make a decision, do it, or don't do it.
    - I must finish. Don't think about that, it's too overwhelming and far off. Instead, think about how to get started on one little piece, any little piece. And forget worrying about the perfect starting point, just start somewhere. Start at the next possible opportunity. Keep starting more and more little pieces, and eventually they'll add up to progress.
    - This is too big. Again, stay away from the big picture if it scares you. Look for one small step you can take next.
    - I must be perfect. No. I can be human. Nobody is perfect.
    - I don't have time to play. Actually, you'll do better work if you take care of yourself and make time to play. Replace this with I must take time to play.

    To summarize, make a schedule for the week. Don't write any time for work in, just write in all the time you have blocked off for lunch, sleep, commuting, taking a shower, exercise, meetings, and fun stuff. Block off all that time--it is unavailable for work. Then, as you go through the work day, every time you work for half an hour uninterrupted, give yourself credit for that on your schedule. Also note what you did with the rest of the time, and use that information to see how you could manage your time better. But the keys are
    - don't write work on the schedule until you've done it
    - reward yourself with a little break or something every time you finish a good half hour
    - pepper the schedule with stuff to look forward to
    - do not work more than 5 hours a day or 20 hours a week

    Great stuff--has really helped me.

  8. Deepthi Deepthi says:

    One of the most practical books in the Psychology of Procrastination that I have read. The cliched advice 'Just do it' is not a sustainable adage for procrastinators to live by. Procrastination is not the problem, it is a symptom a deeper underlying issue regarding fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of success or generally feeling overwhelmed by grand plans and pressure. This book uses a combination of great tools like reverse psychology, introducing guilt-free play into one's schedule, meditation to stay centred and growing each day by cultivating the psychology of love rather than fear.

    I am not usually a fan of positive psychologists that use the 'Ra Ra Ra' method of motivation;- I find it to be unscientific and usually unsustainable beyond the initial high that all that rara-ing creates. Neil Fiore's book is based on a very deep understanding of human nature, psychology and positive reinforcement. A great book that I highly recommend to create sustainable habits

  9. Katie Bananas Katie Bananas says:

    I'm glad I got to read this before the year ended. I think it will be very useful to incorporate these habits into my 2017 resolutions and goal settings, and hopefully taking each to full use as the year flows. I'm happy I read this to see where my pestiest habits are obvious to have time and room to correct them and start with a kick off of motivation, a burst anew!! :)

  10. Kinga Kinga says:

    I don't really read self-help books. I simply don't find myself interesting enough to spend hours on introspection.

    Nothing makes me sadder than meeting a gorgeous man, who tells me is a reader only to learn he reads exclusively self-help. (I've been on Tinder a lot lately).

    Additionally, most self-help books could be easily blog posts. They have just been stretched with mind-numbing repetitions and pointless anecdotes to justify the advance paid out to the author. And so is the case with this book.

    I haven't met a person who would claim they never procrastinate. Everyone procrastinates. We all don't like doing certain things and we put them off. I did agree with Fiore's assessment of the reasons behind procrastination. It's not rocket science - we use procrastination as a defence mechanism to shield us from fear of success as well as a fear of failure. Of course it doesn't explain reason behind procrastinating on things like taking out the bins. I'm not particularly afraid of neither success nor failure when it comes to taking out the bins. This kind of procrastination is the rebellion of our inner child against chores, against what feels like a life full of chores and no guilt-free playtime.

    So we procrastinate, then feel bad about it and nothing is achieved.

    I did sort of know all of this already but the author's suggestions to overcome the problems didn't really work for me. Telling myself that 'I choose to do something', rather that 'I have to do something' is not useful advice, as I generally don't talk to myself, and just saying those words in my head won't actually make me believe them. In my heart of hearts I would still know I HAVE to go sort out my council tax bill, and that I am not really CHOOSING to do it.

    The idea to create this so called 'unschedule' is completely idiotic. Fiore advises we should write down in a painstaking detail all the things that take up our time every day that can't be negotiated (like sleeping, commuting to work, eating, etc etc) to get a realistic idea how much time we actually have in a day to work on our projects, etc, because it won't be 24 hours. No shit, Sherlock. I'm not spending two hours, writing down how I spend every minute of my day to learn what I already know that I have about two hours of free time on weekdays.

    Most of other advice is so common sense that I have worked it out myself a while ago through just being an adult human being (like break down big tasks into smaller sub-tasks, make time for fun and reward yourself for achieved goals, etc., don't think about the enormity of your task, just focus on starting not finishing)

    I'm afraid I didn't find this whole book motivating or inspiring. But at least I'm writing this review right after I finished reading it, and not half a year later. I should also mention that I listened to this as an audiobook, which was inexplicably narrated by the author himself. I'm glad Fiore overcame his stutter but his shaky delivery didn't add to the experience.

    When it comes to self-help there is only source I accept - zen habits by Leo Babauta.