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The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Everyone waits till the last minute sometimes. But many procrastinators pay a significant price, from poor job performance to stress, financial problems, and relationship conflicts. Fortunately, just as anyone can endlessly delay, anyone can learn how to stop! Cognitive-behavioral therapy expert Monica Ramirez Basco shows exactly how in this motivating guide. Dr. Basco pep ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published December 21st 2009 by The Guilford Press (first published 2009)
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Melissa
Useful input. Read a more succinct/digestable blog regarding procrastination. Turns out that reading this book was only a way for me to further procrastinate. Blah.
Joevarian
I wouldn't say that this book is the holy book for procrastinator, but I'm gonna say that this book helps me a lot. The tips & tricks weren't so cool, but that's what I like. I don't really like those self-help books that are full of tips and tricks because somehow, they didn't actually solved the root of the problems. But, this book somehow solved my problem. Now I wouldn't want myself to be perfect anymore. I prefer to do things now rather than perfectly. Of course, this is not perfected e ...more
Crystal
I've finally finished this book. I may have procrastinated a little. I read this in order to help myself and the students I assist with their academic struggles. Psychologist Monica Basco addresses the different types of procrastinators and offers advice for managing the types of behavior. She does have a quiz/self-assessment that helps the reader to determine the type or types of procrastination he or she may be suffering from and each chapter has helpful sections called "Changing Directions" t ...more
Atefe
Aug 27, 2013 Atefe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Atefe by: Math Teacher,Kourosh Eslami
ترجمه ی فارسی این کتاب را خواندم، با عنوانِ «راهنمای درمان اهمال کاری»، از انتشارات ارجمند.
راهکارهای درمانیِ ارائه شده در کتاب ساده ولی در بسیاری موارد کارساز و پرکتیکال به نظر نمی رسند، ولی در هر حال کتاب کمک زیادی میکند به شناخت "علل" اهمال کاری، و همین علت شناسی می تواند منجر به درمان، و بهتر بگویم، تقلیل اهمال کاری شود.
Cristián Morales
Got a whiteboard after reading this, it´s the most practical and useful purchase I´ve done in ages. Seriously recommend this book if you´re interested in increasing productivity :P
Catherine Austen
Okay, you'd think a book on how to stop procrastinating should just say, "close this book and go clean your house/finish your report/register for French lessons/whatever you are putting off." But this one was useful in figuring out why people procrastinate (apparently we are not all the same; some are disorganized; others are pleasure-seekers, etc.) She doesn't deny that change will be difficult and she stresses that we procrastinate because we can, because we get away with it - and that encoura ...more
Milka
This is a simple little book on identifying which type of procrastinator you are, identify the reasons why you procrastinate and how to change your behavior and avoid procrastination. The identification process is well explained but I think this book doesn't cover strategic solutions in enough detail. Brian Tracy's "No Excuses!" book offers a lot more hands-on, practical solutions to procrastination, in my opinion.
Rosanna
So far, this book has been great motivation for me to procrastinate less. I enjoyed the stories of the procrastinators' support group and the author's own experiences. They made the technical information in the book easier to understand and relate to my own life. The book began with an assessment, which was useful in identifying how bad my difficulties with procrastination are. It is divided into chapters explaining different causes for procrastination and how to work to improve. The layout was ...more
Muhammad El-Bishry
ظلمت هذا الكتاب بثلاث نجمات والذي جعلني أنظر للمرآه وأرى شخصا آخراً وأبتسم وهو معيار عالم نفس آخر للفكرة التي تستحق مسمى عظيمة في علم النفس والكتاب عن التسويف أوالمماطله و الحقيقة أنه أدخلني الى المفهوم جيداً وهو يعالج هذه المشكلة الشائعة مثل أن تؤجل عمل اليوم للغد دون ان تعي انك تمارس التسويف من خلال العلاج السلوكي المعرفي في علم النفس والمؤلفة خبيرة دولية فيه أي ذلك النوع من العلاج المؤقت الذي يعالج أعراض أي مشكلة فقط بالتوكيدات العقلانية ولا يذهب بعيدا في حل المشكلة كالتحليل النفسي وهو من كتب ...more
Brenda Siara
The funny thing is I actually procrastinated starting to read this book! I'm glad I finally got round to it! It's helped me discover why I procrastinate in the first place and like we know, identifying the nature of a problem is key to solving it. Basco, who happens to be a procrastinator herself (!), groups us into 5 categories dependent on why we do so, helps us discover ourselves, then sheds the light to fight this time vampire.
The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done is a must read
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Carmen
Jul 12, 2014 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carmen by: Saw it on sale in Barnes & Noble
This book was based in part on the theories behind cognitive therapy. It works for me! You examine a behavior to see if ideas you have about it might not be exactly true. Then, you can make a decision and change. Well, that's a very simplified explaination! This book has helped me lots this summer and I plan to check back with it now and then. It is miserable being a procrastinator! (Except when you're having fun!)
Mrs. Beamer
A useful self-help book for procrastinators. Written in an easy-to-read style, it covers the why, who and what of procrastination. The advice is practical and informative, but topical. Could benefit from a more in-depth analysis of why we procrastinate and ways to overcome it. I did get a lot out of Chapter 4, "Are You Disorganized" which does deal with precise ways to get yourself on track.
Fullfaun
I wish the author made a workbook for this. So many, many, many things to do to combat the negative voices in your head.
Josh Jordan
I had Dr. Basco as a professor in school. While I'm not a big fan of self help books it was still interesting given that I was being instructed by the author of the book. It was an OK book.
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Monica Ramirez Basco is an internationally recognized expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy, a clinical psychologist, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is on the Psychology faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington, with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Her books include the bestsellers Never ...more
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