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chockablock · 2015-09-02 · Original thread
Much of the article (and Hosh's comments) resonated strongly with me. I fall into the category that had quite a bit of therapy before making real progress on my procrastination. In my case, the key to the puzzle has been cultivating compassion for myself and others--especially myself! :)

A great book if you want more exploration of the emotional roots of procrastination is Burka and Yuen's "Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now" ). It's not a 'quick fix' type book, but I found it helpful.

lasonrisa · 2013-08-02 · Original thread
I strongly recommend these books. They have been very helpful. If you were to read just one, read the first.

"Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now"

"The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play"

joshklein · 2011-08-15 · Original thread
There is not a singular cause for procrastination. I've mentioned it many times on HN, but I think it's again relevant to recommend "Procrastination" by Burka & Yuen.[1]

Half the book is spent helping you investigate the root cause or causes of your procrastination, which can include fear about control (losing OR gaining it), as well as fear of success, fear of failure, fear of separation, fear of attachment. They discuss the influence of family and culture, gender, and the role of ADD & executive dysfunction.

The second half of the book is a practical guide to coping with your procrastination and habitualizing better behaviors.

If you're serious about procrastination, my only advice is to listen to the experimentally & research-backed psychiatrists.


joshklein · 2010-11-05 · Original thread
Please consider reading a book called Procrastination [1] instead of articles like this.

From the product page: "Based on their workshops and counseling experience, psychologists Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen offer a probing, sensitive, and at times humorous look at a problem that affects everyone: students and scientists, secretaries and executives, homemakers and salespeople. Procrastination identifies the reasons we put off tasks—fears of failure, success, control, separation, and attachment—and their roots in our childhood and adult experiences. The authors offer a practical, tested program to overcome procrastination by achieving set goals, managing time, enlisting support, and handling stress. Burka and Yuen even provide tips on living and working with the procrastinators you may know. Wise, effective, and easy to use, this new edition shows why for 25 years Procrastination has been an immediate must-have for anyone who puts things off until tomorrow."


igravious · 2010-11-04 · Original thread

Yeah that looks really great. I've bookmarked it. I'll check it out soon. Maybe tomorrow ...

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