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Best Books on Procrastination: 15 Books to Stop Procrastinating Permanently (2020)


Best Books On Procrastination

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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

Why these books on procrastination? The best books on procrastination below are the top picks from my master database, ranked by a combination of Goodreads rating, the number of Goodreads reviews and first publication date. The goal is to give a good balance of what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s delivered timelessly relevant advice.

Think something’s missing? Leave a comment or email me and I’ll add it to the next round of updates. I honestly love hearing from you so please, do get in touch!

  1. The War of Art (2003), Steven Pressfield (Summary)
    Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
    168 pages. Rated 4.0 over 54,200 reviews on Goodreads.
  2. Do the Work (2011), Steven Pressfield (Summary)
    112 pages. Rated 4.0 over 15,300 reviews on Goodreads.
  3. The Now Habit (1988), Neil A. Fiore (Summary)
    A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play
    206 pages. Rated 3.9 over 13,500 reviews on Goodreads.
  4. Procrastination (1982), Jane B. Burka
    Why You Do It, What To Do About It
    240 pages. Rated 3.9 over 1,300 reviews on Goodreads.
  5. The End of Procrastination (2013), Petr Ludwig
    How to Stop Postponing and Live a Fulfilled Life
    272 pages. Rated 4.1 over 1,800 reviews on Goodreads.
  6. The Procrastination Equation (2010), Piers Steel
    How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done
    320 pages. Rated 3.8 over 1,700 reviews on Goodreads.
  7. The 7 Secrets of the Prolific (2011), Hillary Rettig
    The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block
    188 pages. Rated 3.9 over 400 reviews on Goodreads.
  8. The Art of Procrastination (2012), John R. Perry
    A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing
    112 pages. Rated 3.7 over 2,600 reviews on Goodreads.
  9. Solving the Procrastination Puzzle (2013), Timothy A. Pychyl
    A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change
    128 pages. Rated 3.7 over 2,600 reviews on Goodreads.
  10. The Procrastinator’s Handbook (2000), Rita Emmett
    Mastering the Art of Doing It Now
    240 pages. Rated 3.6 over 600 reviews on Goodreads.
  11. Stop Procrastinating (2017), Nils Salzgeber
    A Simple Guide to Hacking Laziness, Building Self Discipline, and Overcoming Procrastination
    165 pages. Rated 4.2 over 200 reviews on Goodreads.
  12. Wait (2012), Frank Partnoy (Summary)
    The Art and Science of Delay
    290 pages. Rated 3.6 over 1,500 reviews on Goodreads.
  13. Procrastinate on Purpose (2015), Rory Vaden (Summary)
    5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time
    236 pages. Rated 3.9 over 800 reviews on Goodreads.
  14. 23 Anti-Procrastination Habits (2013), S.J. Scott
    How to Stop Being Lazy and Get Results in Your Life
    91 pages. Rated 3.7 over 1,100 reviews on Goodreads.
  15. The More You Do The Better You Feel (2015), David Parker
    How to Overcome Procrastination and Live a Happier Life
    231 pages. Rated 4.0 over 100 reviews on Goodreads.

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