Best Books on Procrastination – End Your Laziness in 2019
Raise your hand if you ever decided to get better.. on Monday. We start a new diet on Monday, we decide to start the project on Monday. This “I’ll do it later” culture rarely works, if ever. And when it works, it is for a short time. Almost all of us procrastinate, there is no denying it. But if you find yourself always late, never starting – or finishing – your list of things to do, and tired of this, good news. In this post, we listed 5 self-help books on procrastination to help stop your cycle of laziness and start doing things. Reading these procrastination books will give you easy tips to be more productive, show you how to be more organized and reach your dream life.
The One Thing by Gary Keller
A very insightful self-development book on procrastination that will teach you how to focus on only one thing and accomplish it, then work on other goals. The One Thing explains how time management works and shows what motives us when we set a goal. It also gives very good information – scientifically-backed- on why multitasking does not work. The premise of the books is that, when you focus on one thing and accomplish it, other steps will get easier. The book focuses also on how discipline will take you to greater results. The One Thing is an easy read, gives you good points on how procrastination works, but some might say it lacks actionable steps.
Quotes from The One Thing
I listed some quotes from The One Thing by Gary Keller below:
- Success demands singleness of purpose.
- It is those who concentrate on one thing at a tşne who advance in this world.
- If your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.
- A different result requires doing something different.
- Extraordinary results happen only when you give the best you have to become the best you can be at your most important work.
Pros: The One Thing teaches you to focus on the bigger picture, rather than small stuff. It gives you a plan to reach your goals by offering insightful strategies and examples. Some self-development books lack specific strategies, but not this one.
Cons: Some obvious concepts and suggestions are made by the author. Not groundbreaking, but very effective nonetheless. Can be a shorter book because things get repetitive sometimes.
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The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
Wow. What a book. I love reading books that are actually written by psychologists, and this book easily satisfies my needs to learn how human psychology works. The Willpower Instinct is all about what willpower is, how it works and how to build it. The author, Kelly McGonigal, is a psychologist who teaches one of the most popular courses at Stanford University, “The Science of Willpower”.
And this book, The Willpower Instinct, reflects that course thought at Stanford University. The 10 chapters of this book are following the course’s 10-week syllabus closely. The Willpower Instinct gives valuable insights about self-control from psychology, neuroscience and medicine to build willpower. The book is written in a way that it is easy to read and follow the instructions. The science behind building willpower is easy to understand.
“Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal’s wildly popular course “The Science of Willpower,” The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity.
Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.”
Quotes from The Willpower Instinct
I listed some quotes from the book below:
- When your mind is preoccupied, your impulses-not your long-term goals- will guide your choices.
- Neuroscientists have discovered that when you ask the brain to meditate, it gets better not just at meditating, but at a wide range of self-control skills, including attention, focus, stress management, impulse control and self-awareness.
- We all have the tendency to believe self-doubt and self-criticism, but listening to this voice never gets us closer to our goals.
Pros: It is very clear that this book is written by a professional and not an over-the-counter self-help books. It contains information from peer-reviewed studies, gives you valuable information about how your brain and willpower work. This is also a good book on procrastination because the author shows you experiments that you can do to observe your feelings and behaviours.
Self-doubt and self-criticism are investigated and explained clearly and everybody can learn from what the writer says about those subjects.
Also, the book contains many little stories and topics from money management to commitment, addiction, shame, pride etc. I also liked the chapter about cutting back on smoking, because I am a smoker and like to cut back also.
Cons: Nothing really.
The Procrastination Equation by Piers Steel
Us lazy people always have an excuse to not do something. We have excuses to not start the things we need to start and we have excuses to not finish the things we need to finish. Surprisingly, The procrastination Equation touches this exact subject. This book is the best self-development book for lazy people, in my opinion. It helps to define our procrastination patterns, explains why people procrastinate and gives insight on how to change this harmful cycle.
“Using a mix of psychology, evolutionary biology, self-help, and more than a decade of research, Dr. Piers Steel, the world’s foremost authority on procrastination, offers a tried and true method helping us to identify, understand, and break free of our self-destructive bad habits and create more positive lives for ourselves. “
Check the author’s University of Calgary profile: HERE
The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey
An interesting book for lazy people who need guidance to end their destructive procrastination cycle. The thing with this book is that the author gives tips on how to end procrastination in an experimental style. He actually tested the methods and techniques of how to be more productive over the course of a year. So, if you’re someone who’s looking for ways to be productive, then you might like this book.
Quotes from The Productivity Project
- Procrastination gets in the way of accomplishing more since it is, in its simplest form, a gap between your intention and action.
- We find the internet and multitasking so stimulating because they’re candy for our limbic system.
Pros: Many good tips on how to be more productive. I also liked the idea that the author tested all the tips he gave in the book. You can listen to the book on Audible. The author, Chris Bailey also has a podcast called Becoming Better. I’d like to listen to the podcast when I have free time.
Cons: Some tips the author gives are already very well-known, such as how multitasking is bad for you. We all know this by this point and every time I read stuff like this I cringe a little. I need new tips and interesting takes on a subject, not a repetitive book. Some tips are downright unnecessary. This book might be better for those who need to start changing their lives for the better but not sure how to do. But for most of us who have already got their sh*t together, it lacks a little bit of, I would say “realness”.
Check the author’s website and his podcast: HERE
Small Move, Big Change by Caroline L. Arnold
I made so many resolutions for this year. I also did for the last year. And now when I look at my lists, I see that I single-handedly accomplished none of my goals. Why? Why do our resolutions fail?
We are always on the lookout for new things to do. For new ways of living. But somehow, despite all these inspiration, enthusiasm and willingness, we are short of sticking to new habits. Many of us don’t know how to sustain new habits that we started implementing. Small Move, Big Change focuses on that.
The book’s premise is that we should use micro-resolutions to reach our goals. If we target a specific resolution for each problem we face, then we can achieve a behavioural change. The author, Caroline L. Arnold, suggests we make small changes rather than big life changes if we want a permanent change. The book and the suggestions in it are rather straightforward and give you an action plan to get off the couch and achieve your dreams. Small Move, Big Change might be especially useful for lazy people who are lost in the clutter and can’t decide where to start or what to do. This procrastination book can be beneficial for many who are not naturally gifted at managing our everyday life. Many people have liked this book, and there are many 5-star reviews on Goodreads. Additionally, I also liked this book because I also never stick to new habits.
Quotes From Small Move, Big Change
- Make your commitment only when you have made your resolution explicit-what you’re going to do, when you are going to do it, and how it will be cued.
- Remember, the goal is sustainable self-improvement, not intermittent bursts of drastic action (aka New Year’s resolutions).
Pros: The author gives examples of resolutions and teaches you to use the resolutions in a context-specific way. There are many things she mentions in the book such as personal life, academic and work achievements, leisure time, fitness, morning and night routines, diet and nutrition and so on.
Part 1 of the book focuses on “the seven rules of micro-resolutions”, and part two is examples of the resolutions in a context.
This is why I think everybody can learn from this book. Maybe you are good at managing some aspect of your life but bad at others. Then, if you want, you can read those chapters.
I also think that this book can be a good Audiobook. Some books just do not give the same taste when you listen to them, but I think you can use the audio version of this book in your free time to get the gist of it.
Cons: Because the book focuses on many subjects, the subjects are rather short and sometimes not contain enough information. Can be a much shorter book, because it tends to get repetitive.