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The End of Procrastination: How to Stop Postponing and Live a Fulfilled Life

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Simple, science-based tools to stop procrastination

Even with overflowing inboxes, thousands of unread notifications, and unmet deadlines, most people still can't manage to take control of their time and stop procrastinating. The End of Procrastination tackles this ubiquitous issue head on, helping you stop putting off work and reclaim your time. Author Petr Ludwig shows th
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 31st 2018 by St. Martin's Essentials (first published May 15th 2013)
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Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
Boy do I have a problem with procrastination. I procrastinated reading this, working through the points and even writing this review. I want to feel the peace that one gets when they get things done, in a timely manner. Don't get me wrong I take care of my level A important stuff, it's the B level daily grind stuff I avoid till it bites me in the behind, I need help with. When I saw this book I was thrilled it was thin so I could get through it quickly and get back to avoiding getting that B stu ...more
Rosemary Rey
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had great tips on how to break down the list of things to do so as not to make them so overwhelming for the doer. It was also helpful to establish a habit and keep track of how to undertake the actions important for the person. I struggle with doing the thing I must do first--I feel paralyzed even if it's a simple task. I was able to learn tricks to rid myself of this anxiety and get it done. This book would be a great tool for Bullet Journalers. ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By far this is one of the most inspiring and motivating self developement book i ever read not only it will help you get awareness of the procrastination but also give you the tool to work toward getting rid of it by building habits step by step and help you work toward the most blurring question and fearful, who you are, whats your definition of yourself what do you want to do with ur life whats your qualities what do you stand for, i really recomand this book to any who wants to make the most ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

I confess that I procrastinated reading this book. Yes, I have plenty of excuses but I know they are just that — excuses. I was impressed with the wealth of research presented to back up the claims in this book. The authors have thoroughly researched the topic and present many psychological and scientific studies to support their approach. Don’t worry, it is not at all like a textbook; in fact, it is more conversational in tone. The book is well organized into four sections - Motivation, Discipl
Jonathan H. LATER
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review was inspired by my annotations. To view all my detailed annotations you are welcome to join my Patreon page (John Lawchamp). For $0.99 you can read my favorite lines and excerpts from the book with additional personal thoughts. The annotations are released once the review of that book has been posted on Goodreads. Why spend $15.00 on a book you are not invested in when you can explore the main topics for a fraction of the price? Visit Patreon:

John Law
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I got this book from goodreads first reads. The diagrams were nice and the odd size made it a very fast read but that also made it feel "skate-y" or unsubstantial. A lot of it was rather ho-hum and some of the thinking it presents was not only riddled with caveats/flawed logic but a number of the examples were downright cringeworthy sliding well into the yikes territory. ...more
L. McCoy

Oh my fucking gosh... this book exists... and I actually sat through it...

What’s it about?
It’s meant to be advice on how to accomplish things and not put things off.

Why it gets 1-star:
So this book contradicts itself with a borderline nihilist tone at the beginning when it talks about how pursuing goals can be bad because your positive emotions are only temporary... (sigh)... really? I mean, yes emotions are only temporary but that shouldn’t mean goals
Hands down, the best book I've read on the topic. I'm planning to actually purchase a copy of this (or more likely, I'll try to get a faculty/desk copy, because I want to make all my students read this and assign it in all my classes). I'm going to try to keep this review short and to the point.

Things I loved:
1. THERE ARE CITATIONS! PRAISE THE GODS OF REFERENCES! I'm so sick of non-fiction books not including references. There are dozens of pages of notes and he backs up everything he says wit
Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice, concise and well organized - this author has researched human behavior and has come up with a composite of intentional actions to do to prevent getting into the mindset of procrastination.
Ludwig breaks down the process into 4 sections:
Motivation - time is finite, don't waste it! Creating a personal vision for personal satisfaction
Discipline - take actions that are in keeping with your personal vision
Outcomes - emotional / material results from your actions
Objectivity - reduce biases to see
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I picked up this audiobook because it is about a topic I’ve read and thought a lot about, procrastination. I found the contents to be similar to many of the others that I’ve read, although I’d give this one higher marks for tying in research in the area. I found the voice of the author comforting, more like, say Malcolm Gladwell than a self-help book at times. I didn’t find this book as useful as many of the other reviewers. I believe this is because I listened to the audio instead of reading th ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book from Petr Ludwig simply changed my life. I changed my vision, what I would like to accomplish, I changed my daily routine, I changed my approach to any activity I do. The book is full of illustration which helped me to understand key thoughts. All thoughts are supported by many scientific studies. I am much more effective in things which are related to my vision and mainly I feel much more satisfied in my life now.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway. This book covers more than just simple procrastination as it provides tips for being successful in life in general. I enjoyed this short read and its illustrations that added some humor to the seriousness of the topics covered.
Lukas Havranek
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are so many books out there about personal growth. Not many of them though are so visual! I mean this is stunning, Petr Ludwig managed to condense quite big topics into these little drawings, that will give you much better understanding of particular topis. Moreover, this visual explanation tends to stay in my mind. I also like the brevity on author`s style! ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book about how to tackle procrastination and eradicate bad habits to the profit of good habits. The method explained in this book is really good, I am going to use it starting from today! This book is a must if you want to feel good about yourself and have more good things done in your life!
Frank Deschain
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The battle with procrastination is a lifelong battle, honestly. This book has several great tools to overcome it. It's a great book to take notes from and revisit, because it reminds us of the fact that we have to constantly remember what truly drives us. ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Very helpful with lots of tips. Can’t wait to try them!
Honza Švejda
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've owned this book for quite a while, but I've been procrastinating to even read it. Started listening to Petr Ludwig's podcasts couple weeks back and the book came back to my mind - so I finally picked it up and read.

I like the approach where every part starts with simple definition of what you'll be reading and ends with a recap. This gave me feeling that it's not just a guide and a way to understand the processes behind procrastination. More importantly it is a workbook - every part of the
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Not a page turner, and not as scientific as, say, The Procrastination Equation, but the author has some good and useful points. Off in search of the DTB version to see if i can implement some of the directions. ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! When you have problem finish anything you have to buy this book!
Love it!
Directly towards points.
Worksheets that you can print it and start it right away.
Great graphic design of the pictures really nice.
Jan Moravec
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing masterpiece. I have read it just twice!
I am a procrastinator. I admit it. It is something I struggle with daily. Once I have begun I can make progress on a project, until I run out of steam. It is the beginning and staying motivated and not becoming distracted that derail my results.
For that reason, I seem to love to read about goal setting and procrastination cures and even use that "study" as a way to procrastinate.
Well, this book and method may actually help get me back on track and moving forward.

Well researched and footnoted, us
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The End of Procrastination
by Petr Ludwig

I finished this book two months ago and am just now getting around to writing the review. That tells me something.

The book is very well researched and is organized into four sections: motivation, discipline, outcomes, and objectivity. Each chapter provides a self-assessment and there are many activities designed for reflection and motivation. This is not meant to be read in one sitting. It is meant to be worked. Unfortunately, it did not inspire me to do t
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a strange book - technically, I agree with the mindsets and habits the author recommends, but the way they were presented was incredibly off-putting (and the not overly good English translation didn't help either). I know the book is aimed at that corporate middle-class man that is the author's typical client (I think I counted two examples involving a woman in the entire book) but it was still written from an incredibly privileged position, as if people who don't have the resources to ...more
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Petr Ludwing didn't write a book with miraculous recipe to get rid of the procrastination, but he will show you the way, offer advice, try to motivate you. In the end it's up to you. The End of Procrastination is a book that fits in my handbag, is full of great illustrations and has a meaningful content without would-be smart words and phrases. Now I don't polish every tile in my bathroom or prepare five-course menu to avoid real responsibilities. I have a nicely organize calendar and can handle ...more
Ibrahim Niftiyev
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Relatively not a bad book. It was written in my favorite city - Brno city (Czech Republic). It used to deviate from time to time, however, compared to other personal development books, this one could engage me as a reader until the end. Don't expect extremely serious results from it. Maybe I did not subtract from it the necessary knowledge, yet it drew a clear picture of inner motives for procrastination and some useful strategies to overcome it. ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good solid book on how to tackle procrastination. Good tools.
Bianca Smith
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
First published at Mass Consternation.

I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. If you've read my other reviews, you'll know that if it's bad, I'll say so, regardless of how I received the book.

I’m sure the release for The End of Procrastination by Petr Ludwig was timed for the New Year. It is the time when people buy more gym clothes (and occasionally a membership) and declare diets fated to last maybe days. I’ve had the book on my iPad for months. No, I di
Fábio Rachid
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book for its simplicity, straightforwardness, didacticism and clarity.

I bought the book obviously because I procrastinate. In the first few pages, where the author talks about the theories and concepts behind the book, I immediatelly identified with some. I bought it and I'm thankful I saw this book while I was wandering aimlessly in a library at a book station.

Perhaps the first questioniong procrastinators will have - as I did myself - is "It will be hard to start the book
Eliška Sykora
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has been quite a while since I bought the Czech version of this book written by Petr Ludwig and I still come back to it. I appreciate that it´s science-based but also easy to follow the recommendations. The book is full of practical tools and you can start using them straight away. As for Petr Ludwig I think it´s such an inspirational person. I follow his lectures, articles, stories and I find a lot of life wisdom there. I would associate him with my favorite quote: "It takes courage to live ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Petr Ludwig is a keynote speaker and the author of the bestselling book The End of Procrastination, a book dedicated to overcoming the habit of putting off tasks and responsibilities. His book has been translated into 12 languages and sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide.

Petr is the founder and CEO of the company, which applies the latest scientific findings in neuros

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“We were all born and unfortunately at some point will all die too. The
time we spend on Earth is both limited and finite. In light of these facts,
time is the most valuable commodity you have in life. It’s not money;
unlike time, you can borrow it, save, or earn more. You can’t do that with
time. Every single second you waste is gone forever.”
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