A great read, I liked how the strategies of the book are interrelated It s well written, delivers what it promises One of the main points of the book which is implementation intention reminded me of The Power of Habit, which reaffirms the importance of being conscious about our habits and how they are affecting ours lives. Review originally published 31 July 2016 at Falling Letters Solving the Procrastination Puzzle is a book written by an author who really knows what he s talking about Timothy A Pychyl is a Canadian academic known in psychology for his research on procrastination He founded the Procrastination Research Group in 1995 and has published numerous academic articles about procrastination He put together this book to organize the ideas published on his blog and podcasts xvi , and to communicate ideas outside of formal scholarly journal articles ix I appreciated that Pychyl wrote this book to make accessible the results of his research that would otherwise be locked up in academia, unable to benefit the population at large who could really use help with their bad habits This book will help you understand, at a deeper level than you may have considered previously, why you procrastinate and how to get past those problems.Pychyl knows his audience He answers the question, Why is the book so short , in his introduction He doesn t want to contribute to procrastination habits by writing a dense book that might motivate us to instead procrastinate and never finish reading He also believes less is He writes, W hen it comes to learning strategies for change, a few key ideas are what is required xvii Extensive background research and technical descriptions are not what those of us who are looking to make real change need I definitely appreciate this sentiment I felt motivated to complete this book, and take notes for future reference, because its length made it feel very manageable The most finite, limited resource in our lives is time 13 Pychyl doesn t fill his book with wishy washy feel good advice Nearly every page includes practical and useful information Each chapter opens with a nugget of good advice a key phrase that may become your mantra for change xviii One phrase that particularly stuck with me is I need to be aware of my rationalizations 36 This comes from Chapter 5, which then lists and explains a number of rationalizations we use when we procrastinate For example, we manufacture our happiness conflict by rationalizing our procrastination through reactions such as trivialization, denial of responsibility, saying it could have been worse , etc 42 44 This is a big thing for me Some of this stuff might seem obvious when you read it, but to see it logically explained and set out as a problem many people have was really a kick in the pants for me Pychyl provides clear and concrete explanations of procrastination habits and proposes actionable solutions to overcome them For me, just being aware of those habits is already helping me work past them I also especially appreciated the implementation intentions self regulatory statements that he suggests Here are a couple IF I feel negative emotions when I face the task at hand, THEN I will stay put and not stop, put off the task, or run away 24 IF I say I ll feel like doing this later , THEN I will just get started on some aspect of the task 55 My one negative criticism is that the comic strips scattered throughout don t add anything to the book Though, they aren t integrated with the text so they re easily skippable.Finally, as an afterthought, I wonder how people with depression would feel about this book I m not sure it would be the best resource for them When I experienced culture shock which can include a period of depression , I had a very hard time getting anything done outside of work I think this was a different experience than when I m simply procrastinating, and I could recognize that difference I m not sure what my point is here, exactly, but I feel like giving this book to a person with depression who appears to be procrastinating might not be beneficial The Bottom Line An invaluable resource for anyone who finds themselves procrastinating Solving the Procrastination Puzzle is an easily digestible book by an author who knows his stuff This book will help you understand why you procrastinate really why, not just because you don t want to do the thing and how to overcome it really how, not just by doing the thing. Listened to the audio version of this one It was decent for a self help type of book It was short, so that was a plus as sometimes they can be a little dry.I learned a few things about procrastination.1 Tomorrow never comes We put off things until tomorrow and when tomorrow gets here, we continue to put it off again.2 Procrastinators would rather have instant gratification than dealing with something unpleasant I would rather play games on my phone than start whatever chore The unpleasant task continues to be put off.3 He suggested writing down the items that you always procrastinate and how you feel about doing those items This may help you to understand why you are procrastinating For instance maybe you don t have all the information needed to complete the task or for my unpacking I am unsure where to put the items 4 Some personality types are likely than others to procrastinate 5 Procrastinators say they work better under pressure, but in reality the job is then rushed and does not get their full attention and the end result is not what they would like it to be This leads to feelings of guilt.6 You need to forgive yourself of past procrastination s By harboring the guilt it is negative feelings associated with an activity and it is holding you back.7 Electronics are distractions Getting on the computer to check email or do a status update often ends up taking time than we anticipate and we still didn t work on that excel spreadsheet or do the research we need to do. Procrastination has been a huge problem for me for years and right now the damage caused by it is disastrous Plagued with guilt and regrets about the inefficient use of my time in the past, I procrastinated the last few weeks by looking up tons of info about procrastination oh the irony pI read so much material on this topic now and even though this book is really short easily read in 2 3 hours , it has been the most helpful.Together with his website procrastination.ca and his Don t Delay blog you will learn so much about what procrastination is and why we do it and most importantly, how it can be overcome.I really feel quite confident now that this year will be the beginning of the end of a long journey of procrastination. I ve been an avid listener of Pychyl s iProcrastinate podcast for quite some time now, though I m still working my way through his back catalogue Nothing in this book is new if you ve listened to his podcast or read his blog on Psychology Today, but it does do a great job of summing up current thinking on procrastination as well as give concrete, helpful advice on just get ting started, as he puts it.The only reason I m not giving this book five stars is the presence of the Carpe Diem comic strips I use the word comic loosely, too I ve seen them on his website, and they are scattered throughout the book He also tends to refer to them in his podcasts The thing is, they re simply not funny, nor are they particularly thought provoking or insightful, which makes them entirely extraneous and irritating I also am not a fan of the artwork There seems to be no way to escape them so long as I follow Pychyl s work It s unfortunate.Apart from that, I ve found Pychyl s work on procrastination to be highly useful After about three weeks of conscientious application of what I ve learned, I m already seeing a big difference He s an eloquent speaker and a good writer, and this book is highly accessible even for those of us who aren t intellectuals or psychologists with a background in research.The book is a good starting point for those who want to get themselves out of the black hole of procrastination, though I would personally recommend either the blog or the podcast or both to get a detailed overview of procrastination and in order to get even practical advice on how to just get started. Good ish And predictable. A very boring book, with not much to offer Most of the points made in this short audiobook are derivatives of common sense. It definitely had some good things to think about two of the key takeaways for me are 1 Procrastination can be triggered by a few different sorts of feelings that need to be dealt with in different ways, so it s worth seeing what you typically procrastinate about and try to spot a pattern.2 Deciding in advance how you will react to potential obstacles i.e making implementation intentions completely counteracts the effect of depleted willpower This fits with willpower not being what lets you keep on track, but what lets you decide to keep on track.I didn t much care for the half academese writing style, though, and so much of the book was repeating the same few ideas I found it difficult to keep track of which chapter I was in But it was short, and overall both practical and enjoyable. The new edition of the self published hit, offering powerful strategies to end procrastination Why do we sabotage our own best intentions How can we eliminate procrastination from our lives for good Based on current psychological research and supplemented with clear strategies for change, this concise guide will help readers finally break free from self destructive ideas and habits, and move into freedom and accomplishment With numerous practical tips for change, Solving the Procrastination Puzzle brings clarity and scientific studies and a touch of humor to the quest for successfully achieving goals This accessible guide is perfect for entrepreneurs, parents, students, and anyone who wants to get unstuck, stop delaying, and start living their most inspired life. Just get started Short straightforward I found this accidentally and decided to listen to the audiobook since I was very interested in what it had to offer, it was also very short so that was a win win situation.I was wondering whether it can really solve the procrastination puzzle, and it did This book certainly does not let you down It gives real life scenarios, analyzing the issue and providing the solution to it with simple steps All the while reminding the reader of the importance of having the will to change as it is the deciding factor for success.