Overcoming Procrastination for Teens
About the Book
"Useful for students who want to stop procrastinating, do better in school, and accomplish more."
Procrastinating is a habit that can hinder your success and follow you well into adulthood. With this book, procrastination expert Bill Knaus offers a step-by-step guide to overcoming procrastination. With simple and fun exercises and skills based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), you’ll learn to organize your schedule, manage homework, overcome negative self-talk, and improve your self-esteem.
Procrastination is a universal topic—it’s a problem that plagues millions of high school and college students and concerns teachers and parents. If you’re someone who procrastinates, you know your delays can have a negative impact on your life—especially when it comes to grades and preparing for the future. Even worse, if you aren’t able to overcome your procrastination habit, it can have a limiting effect on your success as an adult. So, what can you do to strip away the procrastination barriers and successfully meet your challenges?
Overcoming Procrastination for Teens is a practical, research-supported workbook to help you understand the habit of procrastination, reduce it, and increase your ability to get things done. Using tips and tools based in CBT, you’ll learn how to address unfounded fears, improve self-perception, manage your time and feelings of boredom or indifference, increase critical thinking abilities and organizational skills, and much more.
With this comprehensive self-help training manual, you’ll develop the self-mastery you need to lessen procrastination and be ready to meet your challenges, get more done, feel better, and prepare for the future—setting the stage for success in high school, in college, and beyond.
Books by William J. Knaus
—Derek Paar, PhD, professor in the department of psychology at Springfield College, MA
—Keith R. Burke, former school administrator, and consultant to the New Hampshire Department of Education and other school districts throughout New England
—Susan Tapper, EdD, professor emeritus in health education at San Francisco State University, and instructor for the University of San Diego Extension Program for Teacher Education Credentialing
—Elliot D. Cohen, PhD, professor and chair in the department of humanities at Indian River State College, FL
—Russell Grieger, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, an organizational consultant, and adjunct professor at the University of Virginia
—Barry Lubetkin, PhD, ABPP, director and founder of the Institute for Behavior Therapy in New York City, NY
—William L. Golden, PhD, licensed psychologist with a private practice in New York City and Briarcliff Manor, NY; author of several books; and faculty member at Cornell Medical College
—Clifford N. Lazarus, PhD, licensed psychologist, and cofounder and director at the Lazarus Institute for Multimodal CBT
—Deborah Steinberg, MSW, psychotherapist, former supervisor and board member at the Albert Ellis Institute, mindfulness facilitator, and coauthor of How to Stick to a Diet
“Bill Knaus has worked his way into the world of procrastinator thinking, and nailed the solutions to the ‘putting it off’ mentality. His solution takes the young (and not so young) procrastinator by the hand and provides the tools to getting it done!”
“In Overcoming Procrastination for Teens, Bill Knaus shows young people how to overcome a great barrier to using their talents effectively—themselves! I strongly recommend this research-grounded book not only to teen readers, but also to their parents and to the counselors who work with teens who struggle with procrastination.”
—Mike Abrams, PhD, MBA, ABPP, licensed psychologist, New York University faculty member, psychotherapist supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute, and author and coauthor of four books
“In spite of our best intentions, we often do exactly the wrong thing at the expense of our future selves. Teenagers especially can benefit by learning to hack their tendencies towards inaction and distraction by understanding and applying Bill Knaus’ lucid and practical approach.”
—Nando Pelusi, PhD, clinical psychologist, founding member of Applied Evolutionary Psychology Society, and contributing editor for Psychology Today
“Procrastination can profoundly affect a teen’s life by contributing to poor grades, high dropout rates, and delayed graduation from college. Bill Knaus, the leading authority on the subject of procrastination, advances our understanding of how and why we often don’t do what’s best for ourselves, and how to change for the better. Each chapter overflows with useful examples and practical suggestions for overcoming this vexing problem. Knaus’ step-by-step prescriptions will greatly benefit any teen hoping to increase success in or out of school.”
—Ronald Murphy, PhD, practicing clinical psychologist for over forty years, former professor at New York University, and supervisor of graduate clinical trainees in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Teachers College of Columbia University
“OvercomingProcrastination for Teens is a must-read for those with acute or chronic procrastination. The book offers practical and useful evidence-based techniques and strategies to conquer a student’s worst habit—procrastination. Not only is this a useful book for college-bound students, but also for health professionals—especially those who provide student counseling services.”
—Sam Klarreich, PhD, psychologist, author, advisor, senior-level consultant, and president of The Berkeley Centre for Effectiveness, and The Centre for Rational Emotive Therapy
“My most challenging encounters in facilitating over three thousand SMART Recovery meetings have been with groups of teens. Until I read Bill Knaus’ current addition to his oeuvre, I was oblivious to how pervasive procrastination was in inhibiting teens from succeeding in their college studies or in stopping an addiction. Addressing procrastination using Knaus’ pragmatic approach should go a long way towards avoiding the often-failed ‘New Year’s Resolution’ approach to success. I’ll happily add ideas from this book to what I do.”
—Joe Gerstein, MD, FACP, retired professor at Harvard Medical School, and founding president of SMART Recovery
“Teen procrastination is no match for the magic of psychologist Bill Knaus. His comprehensive study of this challenging problem has yielded a book that is chock-full of practical strategies that will move regular teens to become remarkable ones. He shares his innovative concepts through parables, metaphors, and stories that will reach even the hardcore procrastinating teen. If you work with teens, live with teens, or are a teen, this book is for you.”
—Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, ABPP, distinguished professor at Adler University in Chicago, IL
“Except, perhaps, for depression, nothing has killed more dreams and aspirations than procrastination. This present book is the glorious culmination of the journey Bill Knaus started decades ago to help people overcome procrastination. What could be better than putting both his new innovations and tried-and-true methods to work to beat procrastination in the teen years? The book is outstanding and I highly recommend it to not only teens but to everyone.”
—Sanjay Singh, MD, DNB, PhD, professor of dermatology at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
“Bravo! I am used to Bill Knaus hitting a home run with his books, but in his latest, Overcoming Procrastination for Teens, he knocked it out of the park! This leading authority on overcoming procrastination uses a unique storytelling approach to show how to navigate through one of the most difficult times in a teen’s life. If you are a teen, or a parent of a teen, buy the book. It’s an indispensable guide to academic success and beyond.”
—Vincent E. Parr, PhD, clinical psychologist at the Institute for Rational Living ZRL in Tampa, FL