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For a book about time management, "The Procrastination Equation" sure wastes a lot of your time. The book is long on theory and short on concrete advice. This is the only book I've ever read on procrastination, but my guess is that there must be something better out there. (I suppose this book might be useful if you have a general interest in psychology, and are not simply looking for a self-help book.)
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The book was interesting, but I didn't come away with any sense that it would actually help me stop procrastinating. The author spends a lot of time telling you what an authority he is and how important his work has become. But he never delivers on that promise as far as I can tell.
He reviews the basic issues that affect procrastination--motivation, distractions, etc. and then develops an "equation" which he continuously mentions as though he can calculate some precise procrastination value for any situation. I found the approach odd because he inserts the "equation" throughout the book but it doesn't add to the discussion. I don't need pseudo-math to show me that if I am less motivated and more distracted I will procrastinate more.
I also didn't find many "aha moments" when listening. Insights such as "people who are impulsive are easily distracted and procrastinate more" are not exactly thunderbolts.
He does include some exercises at the end of each chapter, but I mostly forgot them as I listened into the next chapter.
It feels like he couldn't make up his mind whether to write a self-help book or an academic study.
I could recommend it to someone interested in the general behavior of procrastination, but not to someone who wants concrete examples and plans to help themselves be more productive.
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