Book Review: Solving the Procrastination Puzzle

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Finally, I completed the book, “Solving the Procrastination Puzzle”. Well, I procrastinated too much while reading the book and because of that, it took me more than 3 weeks to read the book. The good thing is that every now and then I wrote my learnings from the book on my blog which turned out to be a great asset because now I can revisit it anytime I want and relearn from it. To read all the posts related to this book click here.

The book became really technical in the later half which actually led the delay. If the book is interesting it takes no time to read till the end but when it becomes too technical to understand it becomes difficult to follow through. With that said, I really liked the last chapter because it dealt with my problem specifically and showed the how I can overcome it (I would share the detail of my problem and its solution in the next post).

The bottom line is when we give in to feel good, we procrastinate. That’s it. It happens in almost any endeavor of life. When the going gets tough we find an easy way out and that’s what giving in to feel good mean and it leads to procrastination. For most of us, this has become a habit, we are habitual to procrastinate. Realizing this would be the first half of solving the procrastination puzzle and acting upon it to create a new habit of doing things rather than giving in to feel good is the solution that I have found for myself.

PS: My mother is doing fine, she is still in bed but fever and headache are down thankfully. Thank you for all your support.

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1984: Book Review

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Yes, finally I completed the book, “1984” by George Orwell. I have written many posts related to the book and movie and discovered many facts while reading. You can find the related topics by clicking here.

Thanks to today’s turn of events that I finally completed the book, this is the reason why I love traveling by Metro it gives me ample time to read. It also makes me feel effective. Well, I have said a lot about this book , about how it has the tendency to depress the reader but nothing as compared with what I have read in the last two chapters of the book.

This would give you a clue about what I am saying that after completing the book I immediately had to start reading another book just to keep my mind off from 1984. Yes, it was that depressing. Thank God, 1984 was not like what George Orwell had in mind. This book is all about what would happen if the free will of human ceases to exist. This book made me realize that the diversity that we share and sometimes criticize is actually a good thing.

Freedom is freedom to say that two plus two makes four. That’s exactly what the protagonist had said in the beginning of the book when he started writing in his notebook, and in the end, he accepted that two plus two may equal five or anything which the party demands. Again, it was too depressing and I am grateful that we are not living in that kind of world.

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I would try to share a video review of this book on YouTube.

Big Brother is watching you

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I am halfway completing the book “1984” by George Orwell. It is the first book that I am reading which is pure fiction and it’s pretty enjoyable. One of the things which I like most about this book is that in that universe even common objects like a paperweight is of so much interest. In the story, things like coffee, tea, and even sugar are rare products and their possession could lead to death.

The plot represents an era where everything is controlled by a government which keeps surveilling its citizens 24 X 7. Every trace of history is deleted if it conflicts with the party’s agenda. People call them the “Big Brother”, and they are constantly reminded by the slogan “Big Brother is watching you”.

The protagonist has just fallen in love with a girl named Julie and is thinking of overthrowing the government. He has no idea how is he going to do so. Just to mention that falling is love is a crime in Oceania(a superstate where the protagonist lives) and is also punishable by death.

Book Review: Permission Marketing

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Finally, I completed the book, “Permission Marketing” by Seth Godin (It feels so good to write those words). This book is all about marketing strategies that companies have adopted over the time. Seth Godin has peeled their strategies one by one like an onion and has explained it’s different viewpoints.

We are constantly being interrupted by the marketing people i.e. the movies that we watch, the websites we visit, and the most irritating of all the YouTube ads. First, the author explained about how this existing process is being refined so that people get ads based on their buying and browsing behaviour.

He then explained a new marketing strategy called “the permission marketing” where the customer gives his consent to be marketed, that’s new and much more effective kind of marketing. He shared how this is already being practiced for decades. He also shared the blunders giant companies have made by exploiting the permission they got from their customers and the price they have paid in return.

In short, if you don’t have a marketing degree and you are wondering if you should pursue this field or not, then this book could be a very good start.