the now habit

November 5, 2008 | 3 Comments

While driving 2300 miles from Seattle to Austin this past summer, I thought it might be a good opportunity to listen to the audiobook version of The Now Habit, by Neil Fiore.

It wasn’t.

Not that it isn’t a helpful book. It is. In fact, that was the problem. I was about an hour into the seven and a half hour recording when I realized that there was too much in this book for me to digest audibly. A few weeks later, I tried to listen to it while mowing the lawn, figuring I could concentrate on it more.

I couldn’t.

Well, I could, but not enough. It only reinforced the fact that I would need to see the words on the page to do this book justice. So I ordered it, and now I’ve read it. (And I’m glad I have the audiobook to go back and revisit some of Fiore’s ideas.)

I don’t get too excited about self-help style books. Most of them seem to be straight-forward common sense that leave me feeling foolish for investing time or money in them. The Now Habit shouldn’t be confused with one of these books. Though it does offer practical guidance for dealing with procrastination, it first digs into some rich thinking about why we procrastinate, forcing its readers to take a deep look at themselves. (I already gave a peek at some of these ideas in my week 9 reflections on The Artist’s Way.)

Besides a good soul scouring, The Now Habit has given me several workflow adjustments, a few of which I’ll be sharing in upcoming posts. You know, when I feel like it. Or get around to it.

  • I too have both the audiobook and the paperback of The Now Habit, though I’ve only listened to the audiobook. I found it hard to listen to – a bit to shrink-ish in the narration, and a bit too shrink-ish in the content. Overall, I came away with the conclusion that the book wasn’t for me if I didn’t have major psychological issues with procrastination. Did you feel that way about it?

    Justins last blog post..How To Deal With It

  • John

    Justin,
    I think what I liked about it is what you didn’t. I like that he breaks down a lot of the thought processes behind procrastination. I don’t think I have huge issues with procrastination, but there are some areas where I tend to procrastinate, and it helped me see them better.

    But, I think some of his practical ideas were helpful too. Just got my MacBook Pro back yesterday with all of my notes on it, so I’m going to blog about a few of those ideas soon.

  • Joe

    I too feel that it was too “shrinkish.” I know I have a problem with getting things done (procrastination) but I have almost none of the underlying problems that he says cause procrastination.