Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Review: HOW TO OVERCOME PROCRASTINATION

'HOW TO OVERCOME PROCRASTINATION' by PAUL NEWTON is an lntelligent study.

And is an interesting look at a human trait that is quite widespread. It introduces us to procrastination, 'a voluntary delay to intended action'. It goes on to examine the ways humans have identified to put off things, how such methods affect them in other things, and what techniques they have developed to do this surreptitiously.
The author comes up with a brilliant question, What good the early humans gained by postponement? He then proceeds with a theory, which justify the tendency to procrastinate citing certain fundamental benefits.
Next chapter is about the effects of procrastination, how self sustaining it can become. The triggers of procrastination comes next. With the help of an action grid, the book enables one to analyze the activating signals and separate out the ones that affect the most. It then describes different ways to overcome such discouraging elements.
Finally it says that the habit of procrastination is self-fulfiling as the act of putting off something difficult and doing something more enjoyable instead will always provide an immediate reward. By admitting this, one can encounter this in a more effective manner.

I find this a rewarding discussion. The author has used many techniques of presentation, like use of diagrams, letter styles etc., effectively, and the book occupied my attention completely, while I was with it. I find the approach good, procrastination can be removed, only when we find what we gain from it, and manage it by some other means.

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