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Best Books on Procrastination: 15 TOP Books on Taking Action

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

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Struggling to get started? Depressed by your constant delaying? Well, good news! Because in today’s update, I’ve gathered 15 of the very best books on procrastination in one place.

Note: I’ve limited this list strictly to books specifically about and/or focussed on helping you stop procrastinating so…

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And otherwise, take a look through the list of procrastination books below, pick a book that jumps out at you and get reading. Because the only way to stop procrastinating is to take action. And the hardest step to take is the first.

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The 15 Best Books On Procrastination Ever Written

Why these best books on procrastination and not others? To stay objective, I rank all my book recommendations by what’s most loved (Goodreads rating), what’s most popular (Goodreads review count) and what’s proven timelessly relevant (first publication date).

This isn’t a whimsical list. It’s a data-driven, crowdsourced collection of the best books on procrastination ever published as decided by book lovers just like you. (Note: To maximise diversity, I only include the top ranking book from any series in a list.)

And if you think something's missing? I LOVE book recommendations so if there are any other best books on procrastination that you think deserve mentioning, email me and I’ll be sure to include them in the next round of updates.

Until then, enjoy this ultimate list of the 15 best books on procrastination of all time...

Books 1-5: The Top 5 Best Books On Procrastination of All Time

The top 5 best books on procrastination of all time are...

Best Books on Procrastination: The War of Art
1. The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Published 2003 // 168 pages // Rated 4.0 over 87,500 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Procrastination: No Excuses!
2. No Excuses! - Brian Tracy
The Power of Self-Discipline
Published 2010 // 304 pages // Rated 4.0 over 12,000 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Procrastination: The Now Habit
3. The Now Habit - Neil A. Fiore
A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play
Published 1988 // 206 pages // Rated 3.9 over 15,900 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Procrastination: Do the Work
4. Do the Work - Steven Pressfield
Published 2011 // 112 pages // Rated 3.9 over 19,400 reviews on Goodreads
Best Books on Procrastination: Procrastination
5. Procrastination - Jane B. Burka
Why You Do It, What To Do About It
Published 1982 // 240 pages // Rated 3.9 over 1,600 reviews on Goodreads

Books 6-15: The Best Books On Procrastination to Read Next

Here are the next best books on procrastination from my database...

6. The End of Procrastination - Petr Ludwig
How to Stop Postponing and Live a Fulfilled Life
Published 2013 // 272 pages // Rated 4.0 over 2,300 reviews on Goodreads
7. The Procrastination Cure - Damon Zahariades
21 Proven Tactics For Conquering Your Inner Procrastinator, Mastering Your Time, And Boosting Your Productivity!
Published 2017 // 168 pages // Rated 4.1 over 4,100 reviews on Goodreads
8. Time Warrior - Steve Chandler
How to defeat procrastination, people-pleasing, self-doubt, over-commitment, broken promises and Chaos
Published 2011 // 238 pages // Rated 3.9 over 900 reviews on Goodreads
9. The Procrastination Equation - Piers Steel
How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done
Published 2010 // 320 pages // Rated 3.6 over 3,400 reviews on Goodreads
10. The Art of Procrastination - John R. Perry
A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing
Published 2012 // 112 pages // Rated 3.7 over 2,900 reviews on Goodreads
11. Solving the Procrastination Puzzle - Timothy A. Pychyl
A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change
Published 2013 // 128 pages // Rated 3.7 over 4,700 reviews on Goodreads
12. The Perfect Day Formula - Craig Ballantyne
How to Own the Day and Control Your Life
Published 2016 // 154 pages // Rated 4.0 over 900 reviews on Goodreads
13. The 7 Secrets of the Prolific - Hillary Rettig
The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer's Block
Published 2011 // 188 pages // Rated 3.9 over 500 reviews on Goodreads
14. The Procrastinator's Handbook - Rita Emmett
Mastering the Art of Doing It Now
Published 2000 // 240 pages // Rated 3.6 over 600 reviews on Goodreads
15. Stop Procrastinating - Nils Salzgeber
A Simple Guide to Hacking Laziness, Building Self Discipline, and Overcoming Procrastination
Published 2017 // 165 pages // Rated 4.3 over 300 reviews on Goodreads

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