I don't usually read "self help" books, but this one was recommended to me, it's such a short book, and lately procrastination has been a witch.
OveralI don't usually read "self help" books, but this one was recommended to me, it's such a short book, and lately procrastination has been a witch.
Overall, it's not bad. It's a short book - just over 100 pages - and could have been a 50 page book - the first chapter tells you what the book is about, the last chapter tells you what you just read, and several chapters in the middle repeat themselves, rather a lot. There is also not much text on any given page, so there's really not a lot to this - but I got the book from the library, so to me, it was definitely worth the price I paid - free.
To me, there were some helpful hints in here - I've heard of a "master list" before, but always thought of it as just a to do list - not as a "this is the stuff you do all the time, and probably don't even realize it" - which is true, but that's also the type of stuff that *I* procrastinate about. I know I should back up my phone every month - but haven't done it in a year. Once I wrote it on my master list, it got added to my monthly list (sounds repetitious, I know), which then got added to my weekly list - but guess what, it got done. Same with cleaning the damn coffee pot, another chore I know I should do monthly but haven't done in months. Once you write up that master list - a job which I did over the course of about six weeks, because I keep adding things to it (I started off only adding household chores, which I then realized was stupid, and started adding regular blogging jobs, social media items (I do social media for my church, besides my business & blog), etc. I'm sure I'll add to the master list as things come up).
There was another concept that I think I'll find useful - though I think I'll simplify it a bit (he talks about writing your to do list, and adding a "d" for delegate for jobs you can delegate. There's no point in me adding a D because there's no one else to do it. It's already on my list for a reason).
I think if you are a paper planner girl - like me - especially a bullet journaler who's already used to the concept of lists - you'll get some useful info from the book, but if you are an average joe who's not used to writing things on paper, you'll just get upset at the triteness of the book....more
So when I was recovering from surgery, I watched a LOT of youtube videos. I started off watching Plan With Me Videos (for the non planners among us, ySo when I was recovering from surgery, I watched a LOT of youtube videos. I started off watching Plan With Me Videos (for the non planners among us, yes that's a thing), which morphed into watching documentaries saved on my "watch later" list, which morphed into this girl talking about what happened to the dead bodies from the Titanic. And five hours later, I think I watched every single YouTube video Caitlin Doughty made (Ask a Mortician). At the end of several of her videos, she mentions her book. Being a book blogger, naturally I had to get a copy from my fantastic local library and then read it as quickly as possible.
Naturally - the timing sucked. My uncle Paul had recently passed away - heart attack in his truck in the Walmart parking lot (seriously) and there was a ton of mix-ups in dealing with his death. My dad had been told he was executor of the will, come to find out he had been my uncle's Power of Attorney. His brother Bobby was against cremation, saying it was against their religion, when Paul had asked to be cremated. Paul wanted to be buried on top of his mother's plot - the cemetery refused to do that, saying it was "illegal" (it's not). Everyone thought there was life insurance - guess what, no life insurance. The problems just went on & on, because there was no real concrete burial plan in place.
If nothing else, this life lesson taught me the importance of it, and this book casts a - often blunt - light at the realities of death. There were a few parts that are not for the faint of heart, but it was fascinating to me to read about what actually happens after death. No one really thinks about the reality of the people behind a funeral home.
It's definitely not a book for everyone, but also well worth the read if you can handle the subject matter