Technology is an easy area to become wildly unproductive – and to avoid improving because of procrastination. I thought it would be fun to put two books on technology and two books on procrastination in the same article. It seems that there is some connection here! Take a look and see what you can learn!
Trapani, Gina. Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day.
A hacker is “Someone who solves a problem in a clever or non-obvious way. A lifehacker uses workarounds and shortcuts to overcome everyday difficulties of the modern worker: an interrupt-driven existence of too much to do and too many distractions to keep you from doing it” (p. xxiii). And that is exactly what she provides in this book–cool ways to use technology to be more effective, efficient, safe, and productive. How could I not love this book?! Some of her ideas are fairly high-tech and others are lower tech. I’d be stunned if you read this and didn’t find at least 10 ideas to put into practice.
This is Trapani’s newer book (newer than Lifehacker); there are more ideas in this book than I think any of us could ever implement. One of the things I like about her books is that she lets you know whether an idea is Easy, Medium, or Advanced. She also tells you on which platform(s) the ideas will work and whether there is a cost. It’s definitely worth reading. You’ll learn ideas that you will wish you’d known sooner, I’m positive.
Emmett, Rita. The Procrastinator’s Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing it Now.
Until I read Following Through, this was the only book I ever recommended as helpful for procrastination. It’s small, concise, and practical. What more could I ask for? A number of her suggestions & techniques have “gotten me off the dime.” Don’t put off reading this one (plus, if you have child who procrastinates, she has a book entitled The Procrastinating Child).
Levinson, Steve & Pete C. Greider. Following Through: A Revolutionary Model for Finishing What You Start.
OK. A lot of what they say is going to fly in the face of what some people think, but that is why it is worth reading. They make fun of the “follow through fairy tale,” and instead, deal with the real emotional issues that will indeed get us to finish things we really want to get finished. My favorite is the idea of writing a check to a group or cause that you abhor, then giving it to a friend who will mail it to this group if you don’t finish what you started. I am thinking of using this one to get myself to exercise.