The End of Procrastination: a Personal Review

I have spent the last months saying: I must learn French. I thought it would be helpful in getting a job in my field of interest (international cooperation) and open up several possibilities in terms of mobility, specifically the Middle East and former French colonies in Africa.

Nevertheless, when I had free time I lacked enthusiasm and just did other activities: cleaning the living room, watching movies, reading Italian magazines, hanging out with a beer in the city centre.

The excuses justifying my behavior were several and diverse. I used to tell myself: “You’re not living in a French speaking country.” or “You don’t have enough time to work and study on a regular basis.” and “Do you really feel an actual interest for that language, apart from the practical advantages?”.

Although the points mentioned above made sense in their way, I felt I couldn’t keep on searching for alibis, but I still lacked motivation. In this sense, “The End of Procrastination” by the Czech author Petr Ludwig has proved to be a turning point to overcome my mental paralysis.

The book – which 1st chapter can be downloaded from The End of Procrastination website – wisely mixes the author’s personal experiences with scientific data and researches upon personal growth in order to help the reader in getting rid of the negative mindsets which affect the most of us.

Procrastination is seen as the first enemy to be beaten in order to embrace our life and start making meaningful choices, not simply within the work environment but more broadly for our future realization.

The book provides user-friendly charts and graphs to display the concepts in the clearest fashion as possible. Furthermore, it aims at providing practical tools to tackle our tendency to postpone tasks and achieve our goals faster. Among these, the 1st chapter analyses 4 principles which have to be kept in mind when fighting against procrastination: motivation, discipline, outcomes, objectivity.

Each notion is thoroughly described to give the readers an actual chance to fortify their mindset and find alternative solutions to everyday problems.

Personal development becomes the keyword to enhance individual growth and improve effectiveness, helping you in saving extra time then available for different activities.Therefore, by facing the odds with the authors’ recommendations you’ll become the captain of your own ship, having the feeling that your choices are relevant and will shape your life in the long-run.

There are a few steps you must undertake before setting foot on the path which the book will level for you. Initially, you need to conceive your own personal vision which will turn into the magnet pulling your existence forward. Then you have to understand the complementing concepts of productivity and effectiveness. At a third stage, comprehending the difference between emotional and material outcomes becomes essential to climb the success ladder. Eventually, the capacity to judge your own performances and reducing biased conceptions will close the circle and prepare the ground to transform you into a high achiever.

Guiding you gradually, the author’s aim is to help you in acknowledging your limits while giving you an actual chance to break ’em and succeed where you tended to fail before.

There’s no magic formula: hard work and an open attitude will be required to reach your next successes, and the book doesn’t claim to be the ultimate guide to happiness or prosperity. Nonetheless, the author believes that the series of accurate suggestions that his work provides can impressively accelerate the process of accomplishing several small achievements that altogether will make the difference.

Have you always wanted to learn how to cook some delicious Italian dishes but believed you lacked the talent to do so and never really tried? The Arabic dictionary you bought 2 months ago is still lying on the bedside due to the shortage of talent you assert having? That sports motorbike you saw yesterday beyond the shop window makes you think you don’t have the courage to handle it but attracts you more than the last episode of Pirates of the Caribbean? This is the book you need to read!

Talking about me, I finally started learning the basics of French. Thus, if somebody is willing to help, don’t hesitate to comment below, I will bake you some special Tiramisu in exchange. 😉

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And remember: today is the day to start spending time on what you really care, cos’ yesterday is gone and tomorrow might be too late.

Nilo Castaldini

Volunteer for the Italian Red Cross, I enjoy good company, off-road motorcycles and pasta 'al dente'. My philosophy upon personal growth and future perspectives can be summarised quoting the words of the famous Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet: “The most beautiful of [our] seas, is the one we haven't sailed yet […]”.

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