The Now Habit

The Now Habit

  • A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-free Play
  • Neil Fiore, Ph.D.

Okay, I admit that I have a small problem. It’s no big thing honestly. I’ve been trying to start/work on/finish a little software project of mine for some time and it’s getting nowhere. I’m interested in learning the Rails web development framework, I have all the books, I’ve made countless notes on what I need to do, I’ve started working on it once before and didn’t get anywhere with it, I want to work on it but I always end up doing something else instead.

I’ve read The Now Habit from cover to cover and I think that only time will tell if what Neil Fiore says will work. It’s a book that you would need to dip back into from time to time to ensure that you are still on track.

What Neil says to do is to not imagine starting a marathon and immediately aim for the finish line. No. Then you would start to have negative thoughts about the miles and miles that stretch ahead. You would start to think that it’s just an impossible task and that you were foolish to think that you could complete it. Instead what you should do is aim for the next 10 or 20 feet, aim to cover that, then the next 10 or 20 feet. Feel a sense of accomplishment over the shorter distances.

A lot of what he describes is common sense, but you only really see it as such when it is laid down in black and white. You should look forward and become excited about starting something new rather than worry about the enormity of the task.

Who knows if the methods described in the book will actually work. I’m reading Getting Things Done next and I can see that these will be two books that I’ll constantly reference over the next few months.

  • Reviewed on Wednesday, 27 February 2008
  • Tagged with book review