Announcing Giveaway #2

now habitA year and a half ago I decided to face my problem with procrastination. As with a lot of things in my life, the first step is to read a book. I picked up a book on my Kobo called The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. It came well recommended by reviewers online so I gave it a shot. I was surprised at how insightful and helpful it was. It was like the author was in my head telling me things about myself that I didn’t even know about me. The book is pretty dense with information and I didn’t get very far before I put it down and started mulling over what he was saying and seeing if I could identify those things in my life too and make some changes.

I picked the book up again the other day and continued reading. Guys, this book is GOLD. This book is to procrastinators as Dr. Henry Cloud’s book Boundaries is for people pleasers: it’s transformational.

The author addresses things like fear, our negative self talk, taking adult responsibility for our choices and our lives. It’s fascinating and challenging.

I want you to benefit from it. I’m going to post a bit about the book this week as well as doing another giveaway.

The Rules

  1. Leave a comment here sharing the time you felt the worst about your procrastination. What did you put off? What was at stake? How did you feel after?
  2. You will gain another entry for every social share (Facebook, Twitter, G+ etc), as well as if you follow by RSS, or by email. Leave a separate comment here telling me if you tweeted or shared on Facebook etc.
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  • http://www.doublederivative.ca Russ

    I’ll give a current example. I’ve put off thanking a major donor for a gift for six months because I’m intimidated by him. Future donations and rapport are at stake. It feels awful, frustrating, unthankful and many other terrible things. It makes me cringe just thinking about it. Tonight I addressed an envelope for him. Tomorrow I am typing a letter.

    • http://jessversteeg.ca Jess Versteeg

      Thanks for sharing, Russ. I find it hard to imagine you procrastinate on things!

  • http://www.doublederivative.ca Russ

    I’ll give a current example. I’ve put off thanking a major donor for a gift for six months because I’m intimidated by him. Future donations and rapport are at stake. It feels awful, frustrating, unthankful and many other terrible things. It makes me cringe just thinking about it. Tonight I addressed an envelope for him. Tomorrow I am typing a letter.

    • http://jessversteeg.ca Jess Versteeg

      Thanks for sharing, Russ. I find it hard to imagine you procrastinate on things!

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  • http://encrecoule.blogspot.ca Anne-Marie Montgomery

    worst procrastination ever : I think I’ll do this tomorrow 🙂 LOL

  • http://encrecoule.blogspot.ca Anne-Marie Montgomery

    HI! posted on facebook… go see 🙂

  • http://encrecoule.blogspot.ca Anne-Marie Montgomery

    HI! posted on facebook… go see 🙂

  • Sylvia

    So in 3rd year, the night before my 8 am final, it dawned on me that I had a stack of papers (literally, ~20 cm high) to take a gander at. Ended up in a nervous breakdown by 5 am which eventually led to me casually calling my prof – sobbing – in the morning asking if I should postpone my final. Ahem. By the grace of God, I wrote the exam. It was quite a traumatic (and now, kind of funny?) event and even though I swore I would never ever ever ever ever let my procrastination get to that stage again, it did (minus anxiety attack, calling prof in AM, and the crying.) Maybe my coping skills got better. In any case, I felt horrible, panicky, and maybe even a little bit insane. Sigh, procrastination, I love/hate you.

  • Sylvia

    So in 3rd year, the night before my 8 am final, it dawned on me that I had a stack of papers (literally, ~20 cm high) to take a gander at. Ended up in a nervous breakdown by 5 am which eventually led to me casually calling my prof – sobbing – in the morning asking if I should postpone my final. Ahem. By the grace of God, I wrote the exam. It was quite a traumatic (and now, kind of funny?) event and even though I swore I would never ever ever ever ever let my procrastination get to that stage again, it did (minus anxiety attack, calling prof in AM, and the crying.) Maybe my coping skills got better. In any case, I felt horrible, panicky, and maybe even a little bit insane. Sigh, procrastination, I love/hate you.

  • Sylvia

    Tweeted.

  • Sylvia

    Tweeted.

  • Roslyn

    My story is similar to Russ’. I had a major donor who dropped off my team, and instead of contacting them quickly, I put it off for four months. What finally motivated me to call is when my husband, Anton, was so depressed about our current support level that to spur him on I promised I would make any call. You guessed it…he asked me to call the donor that left our team.
    God graciously allowed the call to go well. She had no intentions of leaving our team, she was still very excited about our ministry, and she gave enough to cover the previous four months.

  • Roslyn

    My story is similar to Russ’. I had a major donor who dropped off my team, and instead of contacting them quickly, I put it off for four months. What finally motivated me to call is when my husband, Anton, was so depressed about our current support level that to spur him on I promised I would make any call. You guessed it…he asked me to call the donor that left our team.
    God graciously allowed the call to go well. She had no intentions of leaving our team, she was still very excited about our ministry, and she gave enough to cover the previous four months.

  • kolten

    I procrastinated on talking with my Grandpa about my faith and sharing the truth that I’ve found with him. After years of putting it off I finally decided to do it – only to end up at his house an hour after he died. It was, and is, heartbreaking.

  • kolten

    I procrastinated on talking with my Grandpa about my faith and sharing the truth that I’ve found with him. After years of putting it off I finally decided to do it – only to end up at his house an hour after he died. It was, and is, heartbreaking.

  • samantha buxton

    This past semester, I was responsible for running a leadership training night for some of our students leaders. It was a great opportunity, since students are busy and we can rarely steal so much of so many students’ time. I knew that I was already overwhelmed with other work, but accepted the challenge anyways. I didn’t prioritize it as I should have and kept putting it off until the day before. Nothing was planned, and I no longer had the time to do it. I ended up having to ask a coworker to take the lead on it. I completely dumped my responsibility on him. Not only stressing myself out and feeling like garbage for doing it, but making my teammate suffer for my procrastination as well.

  • samantha buxton

    This past semester, I was responsible for running a leadership training night for some of our students leaders. It was a great opportunity, since students are busy and we can rarely steal so much of so many students’ time. I knew that I was already overwhelmed with other work, but accepted the challenge anyways. I didn’t prioritize it as I should have and kept putting it off until the day before. Nothing was planned, and I no longer had the time to do it. I ended up having to ask a coworker to take the lead on it. I completely dumped my responsibility on him. Not only stressing myself out and feeling like garbage for doing it, but making my teammate suffer for my procrastination as well.

  • samantha buxton

    Tweeted and Facebooked 😉

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  • Naomi

    I can definitely relate to all the previous comments. I started reading the apple store sample of The Now Habit and it Did sound like it was talking about me!
    During exam period at the end of my second year of university, I was rushing to finish a take-home final from an English class, due that afternoon, which I had procrastinated to do. To celebrate that night, after the paper was due, I had a date scheduled with my then-boyfriend, K, to go to the Keg. Well, I wasn’t going to finish my paper on time. In fact, I handed it in something like 2 hours late (or more??), and not only that, I still had to shower (which I hadn’t done for a couple days) and get ready for said date. During this whole afternoon, K was texting and even started calling, since I was MIA. I knew I was going to be late, really late, and even when I was running 4 hours late, I didn’t answer him until I was 5 minutes from his house. Needless to say, we didn’t make it to the Keg. The whole time I was filled with anxiety and guilt and couldn’t even face the shame of how late I was to give K even a heads up that I was alive but incredibly late. He was not even angry, because he was just so hurt that I was so careless towards him.
    This is one of the most significant times that my procrastination had/has affected someone else even more than myself. We broke up that night. There were other things leading to that, and ultimately it was good because I have an awesome fiancé, but I will never forget the fallout of shame, anxiety, hurt, and guilt that my procrastination created for me.

  • Naomi

    I can definitely relate to all the previous comments. I started reading the apple store sample of The Now Habit and it Did sound like it was talking about me!
    During exam period at the end of my second year of university, I was rushing to finish a take-home final from an English class, due that afternoon, which I had procrastinated to do. To celebrate that night, after the paper was due, I had a date scheduled with my then-boyfriend, K, to go to the Keg. Well, I wasn’t going to finish my paper on time. In fact, I handed it in something like 2 hours late (or more??), and not only that, I still had to shower (which I hadn’t done for a couple days) and get ready for said date. During this whole afternoon, K was texting and even started calling, since I was MIA. I knew I was going to be late, really late, and even when I was running 4 hours late, I didn’t answer him until I was 5 minutes from his house. Needless to say, we didn’t make it to the Keg. The whole time I was filled with anxiety and guilt and couldn’t even face the shame of how late I was to give K even a heads up that I was alive but incredibly late. He was not even angry, because he was just so hurt that I was so careless towards him.
    This is one of the most significant times that my procrastination had/has affected someone else even more than myself. We broke up that night. There were other things leading to that, and ultimately it was good because I have an awesome fiancé, but I will never forget the fallout of shame, anxiety, hurt, and guilt that my procrastination created for me.

  • Naomi

    Also tweeted and posted on fb. 🙂

  • Naomi

    Also tweeted and posted on fb. 🙂

  • http://www.twitter.com/tanyalua Tanya

    My biggest procrastination “moment” happens every year since 2009. Summer jobs. I know there are great, paid, useful internships and jobs out there. I know I’m not incompetent and have some skills to share. But when the time comes to write the cover letters and polish the CVs, I keep putting it off. Until it’s too late and I end up working a minimum wage job I hate and does nothing for my future.
    Why don’t I just apply to a better job? I hate rejection. I figure that they can’t reject me if I don’t give them the chance to. Rejection makes me feel horrible, but so does working an unchallenging job that barely pays my bills. So this year I have made it a resolution to the jobs I *want* (not a cashier). We’ll see how it goes!

  • http://www.twitter.com/tanyalua Tanya

    My biggest procrastination “moment” happens every year since 2009. Summer jobs. I know there are great, paid, useful internships and jobs out there. I know I’m not incompetent and have some skills to share. But when the time comes to write the cover letters and polish the CVs, I keep putting it off. Until it’s too late and I end up working a minimum wage job I hate and does nothing for my future.
    Why don’t I just apply to a better job? I hate rejection. I figure that they can’t reject me if I don’t give them the chance to. Rejection makes me feel horrible, but so does working an unchallenging job that barely pays my bills. So this year I have made it a resolution to the jobs I *want* (not a cashier). We’ll see how it goes!

  • Claire

    when i procrastinate so much, my grades suffer… that’s the worstttt

  • Claire

    when i procrastinate so much, my grades suffer… that’s the worstttt

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