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Procrastinate Less & Get More Done

How to Reduce the Tendency to Delay Priorities

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95% of people admit that they procrastinate, and it is impossible to stop completely; but by simply reducing procrastination, they can greatly increase personal productivity.
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Procrastination is as natural as the urge to eat or sleep. But just because it’s natural doesn’t make it desirable. It consumes energy, frequently damages your reputation, and reduces other people’s productivity as well as your own. Although it may be impossible to stop procrastinating completely, you can drastically reduce the tendency to procrastinate by applying a variety of simple strategies. This book clarifies what procrastination involves, explains how to identify it, and how to apply the strategies that will drastically reduce its occurrence. Procrastinate less and you will increase your efficiency, feel better about yourself, and get the important things done.

If you are a chronic procrastinator, i.e., you intentionally and habitually postpone tasks that should be done now, you will gain the most from reading this brief book and immediately applying some of its suggestions. But the book provides advice in helping staff members or others reduce their tendency to procrastinate as well.

  1. What is procrastination and why do we put things off?
    1. Procrastination defined
    2. Doing what comes naturally
    3. The one-last-thing syndrome
    4. Fear of failure or success
    5. The path of least resistance
  2. Assessing your own tendency to procrastinate
    1. Welcome to the club
    2. Consequences of procrastination
    3. Are you a chronic procrastinator?
  3. Immediate actions that will reduce procrastination
    1. Developing the “do it now” habit
    2. If it’s distasteful, get rid of it
    3. Overcoming the overwhelming
    4. Deadlines make a difference
  4. Time management strategies to keep you on track
    1. Don’t let procrastination be a barrier to goal-setting
    2. Use the chunk method
    3. The “To Do” list fallacy
    4. Make commitments, not lists
  5. The role of organization and time management in preventing procrastination
    1. We all have weaknesses to varying degrees
    2. The pleasure principle
    3. Compensating for weak “task initiation” skills
    4. Get organized
    5. Manage your time
    6. Fight procrastination with routines
    7. Motivation can conquer procrastination
  6. Eliminating barriers to the “do it now” habit
    1. Perfectionism is procrastination’s ally
    2. Don’t be afraid of fear
    3. Develop a positive attitude
    4. Plan to say no
    5. Delaying decisions wastes time and impedes success
  7. Helping others beat the procrastination habit
    1. You can help others as well as yourself
    2. Twenty-five ways to overcome procrastination
  8. Conclusion
  9. About the author
I loved reading this book. It is the best book about procrastination I know: funny and to the point! Full of practical and feasible Best Practices.
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About the Author

Harold Taylor

Harold Taylor, CSP, president of Harold Taylor Time Consultants Ltd., and now operating as Taylor In Time, was a Quality Control Supervisor and Plant Manager in industry for 12 years and a teaching master at Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology in Toronto, Canada for eight years before launching into the consulting business. He has been speaking, writing and conducting training programs on the topic of effective time management for over 35 years. He has written over 20 books, including a Canadian bestseller, Making Time Work for You. He has developed over 50 time management products, including the popular Taylor Planner, which has sold in 38 countries around the world. He has had over 300 articles accepted for publication.

A past director of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Harold Taylor received their Founder’s Award in 1999 for outstanding contributions to the organizing profession. He received the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation in 1987 from the National Speakers Association. In 1998 the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers inducted him into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. And in 2001, he received the first Founder’s Award from the Professional Organizers in Canada. The award has been named in his honor.

Since 1981, when he incorporated the original time management company, he has personally presented over 2000 workshops, speeches and keynotes on the topic of time and life management. 

Harold lives in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. He writes e-books for (25 to date), some of which have been translated into other languages, publishes a weekly blog at his website (also posted on Facebook & Twitter), a quarterly time management newsletter for his 2000 plus subscribers, sends out weekly tweets, and speaks to senior’s and other groups on “growing older without growing old” in addition to “time and life management.”

He is active in his local church, a member of the board of directors of Sussex & Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Fundy Silverados Friendship Club, writes a column on business in the Kings County Record, and performs additional volunteer work in his spare time.