A Teen's Guide to Getting Stuff Done
Discover Your Procrastination Type, Stop Putting Things Off, and Reach Your Goals
The Instant Help Solutions Series
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: Instant Help
Do you procrastinate? And if so, what’s your procrastination type? In this fun and illustrated guide, author Jennifer Shannon blends acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral strategies to help you recognize your procrastination habits, discover the strengths of your unique procrastination type, and find the motivation you need to meet important deadlines and reach your highest goals.
In the midst of modern-day distractions like smartphones, social media, and endless hours of movie and television streaming, it’s no wonder you procrastinate! But despite what you may have heard, procrastination doesn’t make you a bad or lazy person. In fact, procrastination may even work for you sometimes—creating a sense of urgency that can help you focus. But if procrastination doesn’t work for you, it can get in the way of meeting your full potential—in high school, college, your career, and life. So, how can you get things done and be your very best?
In A Teen’s Guide to Getting Stuff Done, you’ll discover your procrastination type—warrior, pleaser, perfectionist, or rebel—as well as the unique strengths inherent in each type. If you’re a warrior, you love a good challenge, but may not be able to complete tasks you find uninteresting. If you’re a pleaser, you may be so concerned about disappointing others that you postpone doing something. If you’re a perfectionist, you may put things off because you’re worried about your work being judged by teachers, parents, or peers. And finally, if you’re a rebel, you’re driven by a strong sense of independence. By understanding your type and using the practical strategies laid out in each chapter of this book, you’ll be able to break the cycle of procrastination once and for all.
This isn’t a manual on how to please your parents, teachers, professors, or friends. This is a book to help you understand why you procrastinate, whether or not procrastination works for you, and if not, how to improve your work habits and really get things done. By helping you uncover your own unique strengths, this book will help you master your to-do list—and your life!
This book has been selected as an Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Book Recommendation—an honor bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.
2. The Perfectionist
3. The Warrior
4. The Pleaser
5. The Rebel
6. Root Beliefs
7. The Procrastination Cycle
8. Owning the Task
9. Letting New Beliefs Take Root
10. Riding the Wave
11. Eliminating Distractions
12. Dividing Until Doable
13. Beating the Clock
14. Staying on Schedule
15. Coping with Criticism
16. Hitting the Target, Not the Bull’s-Eye
“If you tend to put things off, A Teen’s Guide to Getting Stuff Done will help you to understand the reasons for your procrastination and (more importantly) what you can do about it. It’s filled with commonsense, step-by-step tools that will help you to break the cycle of stalling and start getting things done. So, don’t delay—check out this book now!”
—Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, Canada, and coauthor of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook
“It’s not often you hear about procrastination without judgment or shame. Jennifer Shannon takes a compassionate approach to the complexities of why people procrastinate, and what can be done about it. Although this guide is for teens, I suggest anyone who suffers from the disappointment that can come with not completing a task read this, as well. As a temperament specialist, I appreciate the invitation for teens to understand their procrastination style and type, such as the perfectionist, the warrior, the pleaser, and the rebel. This book is right on target, and is bound to lead to less stress and more success!”
—Rona Renner, RN, parenting coach and author of Is That Me Yelling?
“The Shannons have done it again! Like their other books, A Teen’s Guide to Getting Stuff Done is engaging, easy to understand, and graphically entertaining. Teens and older readers alike will enjoy figuring out their procrastination type and discovering skills to conquer it. Reading this book is one step procrastinators will find both doable and rewarding. Enjoy the ride!”
—Christine A. Padesky, PhD, coauthor of Mind Over Mood
“Jennifer Shannon’s newest book is an outstanding resource for getting out of your own way when it comes to procrastination. I will be gifting every one of my parenting friends a copy of A Teen’s Guide to Getting Stuff Done. Thank you, Jennifer, for another great resource!”
—Sharon L. Bowman, MA, author of Training from the BACK of the Room! and Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick
“A Teen’s Guide to Getting Stuff Done is incredibly readable, and most of all—useful! Shannon clearly knows her audience and the daily challenges that are in our way. Her examples are vividly real, and her solutions are all about ultimate freedom from our inner obstacles.”
—Ellie Dwight, assistant head of school at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, CA
- ABCT Self-Help Book Recommendation