Amazon.com: Customer reviews: Practical Self-Discipline: Become a Relentless Goal-Achieving and Temptation-Busting Machine (A Guide for Procrastinators, Slackers, and Couch Potatoes) (Live a Disciplined Life Book 5)
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I almost put this aside after skimming through the parts about getting things done. As it happens, I'm better at making checklists and scheduling tasks now than before I retired. (When you work in the corporate information technology field, you have just about zero control over what you do, how and when, one reason it's such a stressful line of work.)
I do have issues with self-discipline and impulsiveness when dealing with taking care of my health. Where this book really caught my attention was the discussion concerning the need to deal with discomfort in order to accomplish greater goals. I tend to think of any discomfort as an uncalled for burden, not a natural part of life. WHY ME, OH LORD? Practicing with discomfort in order to immunize ourselves against it in future is a new and somehow reassuring idea.
The author provided strategies that I found useful in managing my time, myself, and my tasks. The information on identifying tasks or activities that need to be done first was very useful. If needed I will re-read the book to stay the course of being more disciplined.
Despite the fact that this author says that “lazy” is not quite the right word and he is going to unpack it and take a different approach, he comes across as far too blaming and shaming of the reader. I just don't think that that works as a motivational tool. There might be some wisdom nuggets here, but I don't know if it's worth it to slog through the author's negative “you suck” approach.
I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.