REVIEW: “An Easy Way to Stop Postponing Business for Later”

Do you know what I did when I got this book? He put it on the shelf to read “a little later” – a rather significant detail, as it is a desktop guide to combat “the syndrome of tomorrow.” Procrastination is one of the most common problems in the work of not only freelancers, but also office staff. And in practice, “a little later” turns into a few days, or even weeks (here I also read the book Neil Fiore only after 2 weeks, not 1-2 days, as originally thought). Is there an “Easy way to stop postponing things for later”? Yes and no. But first things first.

About the book

Personally, I prefer the title in the original: «The Now Habit» (“The habit of” now “). After all, we are talking about how to train ourselves to do small and big tasks “here and now”, and not tomorrow / in a month / year / sometime later. In Russian, the book was published in 2013 in the translation of Olga Terentyeva in the Russian publishing house “MYTH.” In the original, Neil Fiore’s book survived two re-issues: in 1987 and 2007, By the way, Neil Fiore himself is a doctor of psychological sciences, who for a long time worked as a specialist in managing stress and psychological health in small businesses and large companies. Because of everything he writes about, the author knows in practice. The book is small, written in a fairly simple and accessible language, and the manner of narration is friendly and in part resembles a dialogue with the reader – in my opinion, this is exactly what many business books devoted to time management and productivity lack.


What I liked

  • The book is read easily and quickly enough, and all the advice and questions of the author “hit the target”, if you are a chronic lover “postpone for later” their affairs and goals.
  • There are a number of situations modeled on the example of specific events and people, as well as more general recommendations, including advice for those who live / work with chronic procrastinators.
  • The idea that “breaking through the knee” is impossible, but you can adjust specific habits and work processes to remove the factors that provoke you to abandon business and tasks, filling time with something else to “hide” from responsibility and the undesirable need to bring it to completion.

What I did not like

  • Examples with all kinds of abstract James, Jill, Johns and other characters far away from us, the whole problem of which lies solely in the fact that they “are afraid of success” (by the way, I still do not understand how such a thing is possible in principle – but apparently there are such people).


Useful lessons

  • The sources of procrastination and seizures of workaholism are always exclusively in the psychology and thinking of man, in his attempts to protect himself from stress and create a comfort zone for himself at least for a short while.
  • Create a reverse calendar and divide one global deadline into a number of small subordinate tasks will help to cope with the “unbearable” problem.
  • Praise from others and from yourself in your address Is a small but important step towards permanent motivation.
  • Working day within 1 project should not exceed 5 hours. On 1 task for continuous work it is necessary to allocate no more than 30 minutes.
  • At any congestion 1 day a week must necessarily be a day off.
  • Rotation of work and “gingerbread” for small successes in process of the decision of tasks in view – the best motivator.
  • Temporary regression / occurrence of difficulties Do not become an internal conflict and a complete refusal to implement the plan (it is especially important if you are sick, face life difficulties or misunderstandings from partners in the workplace).
  • Write down ideas that arise “along the way”: this helps to reduce the frequency and power of the influence of such “side” thoughts as a distraction.
  • It is worth trying visualization and concentration exercises, which are given in the book.
  • Always set foreseeable goals. It is better to set a goal to “go 1 km today” and execute it before the end of the day, than to write down the goal of “running the marathon” – and for many years to feel like a loser who can not run for 3 km without losing consciousness.


Who I recommend to read

  • Chronic procrastinator – to understand that it makes no sense to “wage war” with yourself, but you just need to adjust the motivation and structure of tasks and habits in your daily life.
  • Those who live with chronic procrastinators in one apartment / in one office – to understand how you can “rebuild” these people.
  • Freelancers – to better learn the fight against “productivity traps.”
  • To all who could not master any of the techniques of “professional” time management and who still do not have enough hours in the day to implement the plan.

“An easy way to stop putting things off for later,” Neil Fiore

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