I bought this if you'll remember after posting about my at times crippling procrastination.
I finally read it - quite quickly as it isn't a big tome. I liked the style, each chapter is the same, there is a "mantra" to remember (I think it better to take these and develop your own but that is me), an example from the author's experience in research then some explanation and a smattering of cartoons to make the point memorably through gags. There are some exercises for you to do to get you in the right zone to get over your procrastination in your particular situation.
So what have I learnt. Actually that far more people are procrastinators than I thought, also that some of the thoughts I have that lead to procrastination are also common. Really?! Honestly I didn't think "normal" people would procrastinate over doing something due to a fear of failure... trust me I did think I was unique on that one... this is just my alcoholic self obsession showing through here!
Has it helped? Well yes and no. That is probably unfair - the point is (and it is stated in the book) you can't fix ingrained behaviour like this overnight. I have got better, esp on things I want to do - I've done a bunch of stuff recently in some areas and it is simply as "I get started". For example one of my bad rationalisations for procrastinating is "Oh I haven't time to do all that now. I'll wait until I can finish it". But I don't actually know how long it will take 'cos I've not done it!!! So the other day for example I decided to start something and just leave it for another day if I didn't get it done by the time I needed to leave to go somewhere else... guess what? I finished it all in loads of time!
I'm still struggling with some procrastination - at work mostly but I think that is a real fear around my insecurity in the new job I'm in - the department is still going through a change process and there is a lot of unrest in the place etc. I'm frightened of upsetting the apple cart. A dumb irrational fear and I need to work more on.
So as it says in Chapter 5 of Alcoholics Anonymous (the big book) "progress not perfection" :-) We continue :-)