If you’re looking for a gift with purpose, or wanting to improve the procrastination in your own life, this gift guide may be perfect for you. A gift for yourself or a gift for someone you love!
Most of us deal with procrastination throughout different times in our lives. For some of us, it’s a natural part of our personality to wait until the last minute.
We tend to experience a spike of last minute energy that pushes us forward to accomplish what needs to be done, often times with great results.
Others find it overly stressful to put things off.
The most challenging aspect of procrastination is when we have choices to make about which direction we want to head in life and instead of making those choices, we avoid them.
Therefore, one aspect of procrastination that can become a problem is when it becomes an excuse for not making important life decisions.
This can lead to lack of motivation, sluggishness, lost opportunities and feelings of failure.
Through my research, I’ve identified 10 awesome resources that will assist those who want to make changes but are struggling and/or avoiding moving forward.
10 Great Books for Procrastinators
Helpful advice on how to identify the reasons you procrastinate and actionable techniques on how to stop delaying or postponing those things you want to get moving on.
2 – One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer
The author makes a great case for why trying to make big changes can cause fear, anxiety, and stop you in your tracks.
He offers solutions to reduce these fears by taking small steps in a variety of ways.
I believe in this book so much that I plan on dedicating a separate blog post to it someday soon.
3 – Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise
Mini habits may just be the thing you need in your life.
It isn’t a book about eliminating bad habits but more about learning a strategy to create permanent healthy habits.
Learning how to implement mini habits could very well help with procrastination as well.
This book promises to teach you what causes procrastination, how to deal with it and the affect it can have on your health, work and social life.
I especially like the fact that it addresses why the fear of failure causes procrastination which is especially helpful for those of us working on a life plan to make intentional changes in our lives.
5 – The Essential Goal Setting Workbook & Planner by Karen Kohn
This resource was included in the gift guide because some people need a more hands on, personalized, actionable approach to be able to effectively identify why they are procrastinating.
This workbook does exactly that.
A lot of people procrastinate on the ‘bigger stuff’ because they are not clear on the direction they want to take in life.
This practical, 9-step process will help you (or someone you know) figure that out.
I added this book to help with procrastination because there’s no doubt that when your mind is cluttered with fear, worry and negativity, it is difficult to feel motivated to work on the small things that will lead to big changes.
If this is something you struggle with, this may be a great place to start.
Here’s another gem by S.J Scott. He proposes habit stacking to eliminate stress by trying to change too many things at once.
It’s a perfect fit for those of us who are working towards specific life plans to help ensure the success of those plans.
If lack of motivation is what’s causing your procrastination, this book may be extremely helpful.
It’s based on the graduation speech by the author that has been viewed over 10 million times on YouTube.
As described by the book, “told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life’s darkest moments.”
This book will help you understand why you don’t follow through even when you have the best intentions and how to change that for good.
Learn clear strategies about how to break free of unhealthy habits once and for all.
It’s “perfect for entrepreneurs, parents, students, and anyone who wants to get unstuck, stop delaying, and start living their most inspired life.”
Check-out the outline of topics covered in this book, many of which I have never read before as symptoms of procrastination.
It’s an impressive list including perfectionism, lack of concentration and feeling guilty with more practical topics such as S.M.A.R.T goals and creating a ‘distraction’ to do list.
I’m excited about this gift guide because I personally enjoy purchasing gifts for others (or myself – *grin*) that has some meaning or purpose behind them. I hope you find it helpful as well.
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