September 2, 2000
Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - The Procrastinator's Handbook
The Procrastinator's Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing It Now by Rita Emmett, Walker & Company, 195 Pages, $10.95 Paperback, September 2000, ISBN 0802775985 I think I have no more personal issue that my ability to procrastinate. I can find hundreds of things to do for days to avoid an expected unpleasant project. Rita Emmett, spends about 190 pages talking directly to me about how I can overcome this issue. I am sure that I am the only person on earth that has this problem. Yeah right! Seriously, this book is the best book on a subject that causes us all, at least heartburn, and at worst sleepless nights and real feeling of diminished self worth. I think the best way to show you about the book is to see how she breaks the book down. Part 1 is Getting a Grip on Procrastination, Part 2 Why We Procrastinate, and my favorite part is Part 3 Proven Strategies for Conquering Procrastination. She loads the book with fun stories of people like me who just don't want to do it. Whatever it is. She has a real fun checklist of the Top Ten List of Procrastinator Favorites. Favorite animal Turtle, Favorite song Yesterday, Favorite magazine Time. One of the chapters, which really rang true for me was "Clutterbusting." She lists some of the ways to get rid of the junk that we collect and how that helps to ruin our focus and leads to procrastination. This book won't win the Pulitzer Press for Literature but it will help you sleep at night and make you way more productive. Like all the really good self help books, she has tests and refreshers at the end of each chapter. What better book to give as a gift to staff and friends?