Below are best books to overcome procrastination that will surely help you to live a more productive life.
One of the most common things that people struggle with is procrastination. It’s that feeling of wanting to do something, but not feeling motivated enough to actually do it. And it has the potential to make a major effect on your life.
Procrastination can lead to missed opportunities, poor performance at work or school, and even health problems. That’s because when you procrastinate, you’re more likely to make unhealthy choices, like skipping meals or not getting enough sleep.
So why do we do it? There are a number of reasons. For some people, it’s simply a matter of not knowing how to get started on a task. For others, it might be a way of avoiding something that’s difficult or unpleasant. And for some people, it might be a way of coping with anxiety or stress.
Whatever the reason, procrastination is a problem that can be overcome with some effort and planning. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Break the task into smaller steps.
- Set a deadline for yourself.
- Find a support group or someone to accountability partner with.
- Make a plan for dealing with distractions.
- Get rid of anything that’s preventing you from starting the task.
If you struggle with procrastination, don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s a common problem, and with some effort, it can be overcome.
Book 1: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
It’s tough to say which is the best book on overcoming procrastination, because they each come with different approaches. At its core, getting started (or just doing anything) is what all these books have in common. And the funny thing is, getting started doesn’t mean anything ground-breaking; it might be something as simple as cleaning your room or responding to a voicemail.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen looks at one approach for how to stop procrastinating once and for all and how better to manage your time so you don’t find yourself looking up at the clock wondering where it went.
With this book, you’ll learn to prioritize projects, organize tasks within those projects, and break those projects down into manageable chunks. Once the project is broken down into manageable chunks, you can start delegating responsibilities so that everything gets done on time.
Finally, you’ll use a series of next action lists to organize your time so that all those things on your mind actually get done. One of my favourite aspects of getting things done is David Allen’s preoccupation with how you define yourself based on your accomplishments. By identifying what you want to accomplish, and then creating a step-by-step plan for how to get there, David Allen shows us how we can take control over our lives and not be held hostage by procrastination.
Book 2: Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
One of the best ways to stop procrastinating is to just start. That’s easier said than done, I know, but there are some things you can do to get over the hump. Eating that frog has become my way of describing how we respond to our least-favourite task in order to clear our decks for tackling the bigger ones ahead.
What you do doesn’t matter, what matters is what it does for your state of mind and your feeling about yourself. When you’ve conquered your least-favourite task, even if it was only for five minutes or so, it feels as though you’ve achieved something important. And by the time you’ve finished your coffee break or smoke break or lunch break, maybe with a few more quick tasks thrown in here and there during the day while they’re still fresh in your mind after accomplishing something else first–you’ll be amazed at how much work you’ll have accomplished!
If you truly want to know different ways to overcome procrastination, this book by Brian Tracy is for you!
Book 3: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
In his book, Deep Work, Cal Newport argues that those who can work on their own projects for long periods of time are more productive. He lists three types of distractions to avoid: shallow work, passive shallow work and deep play.
Deep Work is a sharp diagnosis for our attention deficit disorder age — as well as an inspiring call to arms. We have the potential to lead meaningful lives by immersing ourselves in tasks with depth and significance, but this requires resisting continuous partial attention at all costs.
There are five principles that make up the essence of deep work: Focus intensely without distraction; Embrace boredom; Make your mind slow down; Eliminate routine; Manage your energy. Allowing yourself to get bored while you do your work will help you enter a state of flow where you will be fully immersed in what you’re doing. The key is consistency and focus over the course of months and years, not just days or weeks.
Overall, Deep Work is an excellent book that provides a blueprint for success in a world that is full of distractions. If you are looking to learn how to focus and get work done, this is the book for you.
Book 4: Atomic Habits by James Clear
I highly recommend Atomic Habits if you want to change the way you think about behaviour change. If you’re interested in making new habits or breaking old ones, this book provides the framework and techniques to get it done.
It’s no wonder why James Clear has become one of my go-to sources for all things relating to productivity and personal development. His simple tips and strategies have been instrumental in helping accomplish more throughout the day while reducing distractions along the way. Highly recommended!
James clear is at it again with another killer book on how to form new habits that stick. From start to finish, you’ll be engaged by his wealth of knowledge and insightful content surrounding goal setting, productivity, and much more. This is a must read for anyone looking to take their self improvement efforts to another level!