In my experience, most people have had moments of procrastination, especially when it comes to performing dreaded or complicated tasks. However, if procrastinating becomes a chronic habit, then our performance, quality of life, and ability to move toward our goals will be greatly decreased. Thankfully, there are plenty of books available, to help us overcome this habit.
I have compiled a list of books that have inspired me to go take more actions.
You may know Brandon Burchard from his motivational YouTube channel, or you may have heard about his membership site High-Performance Monthly (for which I wrote a review on my business blog), but even if you are not familiar with his teachings, you truly should check out this book. High-Performance Habits is an action-packed book that does not play around – from the beginning, you are told, that you have to put in the work, and then he gives you the goods. I don’t think that any book, I have ever read, had so much impact on my life, then this one, and I read a lot of books. If you want to take your life to the next level and skip the procrastination habit – then make this the most important book to read.
Written by a psychologist, this New York Times Bestseller is one of my favorite self-help books, I have read in 2018 so far. Focusing on long-term perseverance, her message is clear: In order to get what you want out of life, you have to develop grit. The Author is not shying away from getting personal to get her point across, often using personal experiences and anecdotes to get her point across.
Grit is based on her TedTalk which has over 4 million views at the point of me writing this article, which is as impressive as the lessons you can learn from her. Here is the talk, so you can see her in action yourself – and then of course, go out and purchase the book!
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If you told me to choose one word to describe Hack your Habits by Joanna Jast, then I would choose “practical”. This is not a book that will tell you what you want to hear, it is a book that you need to kick you into gear, and get rid of those habits that are the most destructive – procrastination included. Her scientific approach to changing habits into those which are beneficial is easy enough to follow along, while the free workbook that she offers with it, gives you that extra little bit of guidance that you may need to actually turn what you learned into action steps. I loved it!
One of the things that keep me from being the most productive, and increases my chances of just throwing in the towel, and procrastinate, is at times, my lack of focus. Fast Focus, however, taught me how to avoid distractions, and re-direct my attention to what is actually important. I have a feeling that this book could be also very helpful for someone who has a tendency for ADHD.
Here are some of the points the Author – Damon Zahariades – makes throughout the book:
How To Achieve Improved production
Creating Stronger relationships with those that matter
Develop a boost in your critical thinking
Guide to better decision making
Increase your information retention
The best thing about this book is that it is also available for free on Kindle Unlimited (read more about Kindle Unlimited benefits here).