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The best free* books to help you battle procrastination

By Maria Korolov

Last month, I posted an article about a bunch of ways writers can use to beat procrastination.

But maybe you want to go deeper on the topic. Here are seven books on Amazon with over a 100 positive reviews that are completely free to read, if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, that have great reviews, and useful advice.

Just don’t do what I do and read anti-procrastination books as a way to procrastinate!

How to Stop Procrastinating

How to Stop Procrastinating: A Simple Guide to Mastering Difficult Tasks and Breaking the Procrastination Habit” helps you figure out what causes you to procrastinate, and offers daily practices to overcome the feelings of procrastination. The book has more than 200 positive ratings.

Promising review: “If you struggle with procrastination and you feel like you’re stuck like I was, the solution is in the Anti-Procrastination Habit system. I’ve started using it and I’ve already taken action on tasks I was putting off for years. I just needed a solid, straight forward system to help out and explain why I was feeling overwhelmed.”

Author Steve Scott has written dozens of books about productivity. Some of his other books to check out include “Writing Habit Mastery – How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and Forever Cure Writer’s Block,” “Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less,” “The Miracle Morning for Writers: How to Build a Writing Ritual That Increases Your Impact and Your Income.” and “23 Anti-Procrastination Habits: How to Stop Being Lazy and Overcome Your Procrastination.” All have hundreds of positive ratings each and are in Kindle Unlimited.

To-Do List Formula

To-Do List Formula: A Stress-Free Guide To Creating To-Do Lists That Work!” has nearly 1,400 positive reviews and claims to solve the problem of having to-do lists that always disappoint you because you don’t get anything on them done.

Promising review: “On paper, this would figure to be a pretty boring book. I mean, not many people are going to expect a book about to-do lists to be riveting reading. But Damon Zahariades is an exceptionally gifted writer. And he pulls it off nicely. Even for such a dry topic as to-do lists.”

Also check out other books by the same author, including “The 30-Day Productivity Plan ,” “The 30-Day Productivity Plan – VOLUME II,” and The Procrastination Cure: 21 Proven Tactics For Conquering Your Inner Procrastinator, Mastering Your Time, And Boosting Your Productivity!” All three have hundreds of positive reviews are are free with Kindle Unlimited.

The Art of Self-Discipline

The Art of Self-Discipline: Beat Procrastination, Break Bad Habits, and Achieve Your Goals” says that it can show you how to find focus, overcome obstacles, and ultimately, attain the lasting success you’re searching for — and more than 100 reviewers agree.

Promising review: “If you want to be coddled, or told that it’s okay not to reach for your dreams, this book is not for you. But if you are looking for real ways to become more self-disciplined with bite-sized, actionable steps and encouragement, The Art of Self-Discipline is the book to read.”

Do It Today

Do It Today: Overcome Procrastination, Improve Productivity, and Achieve More Meaningful Things” is a collection of 30 articles from productivity blogger Darius Foroux and has more than 200 highly positive ratings.

Promising review: “Author is great at getting you motivated. This is a book that encourages you to do better in just about every aspect of life. If your life has become somewhat stagnant, and you don’t feel as good about yourself as you used to, you definitely need to read this so you can find yourself again.”

Stop Procrastinating

Stop Procrastinating: A Simple Guide to Hacking Laziness, Building Self Discipline, and Overcoming Procrastination” offers “more than 20 science-based strategies designed to help you overcome laziness, free yourself from excessive guilt, and get things done whether you feel like it or not” and offers help to program your unconscious mind for more positive results. The book has more than 200 positive ratings.

Promising review: “I waited a few days after reading the book to write this review to see how well the advice stuck. It’s been on point. I’ve kept up the implementation intentions and other techniques for about a week now, and they’re actually getting easier. If you’re looking for a brand-new theory or system, look elsewhere. But if you want proven techniques you can start immediately to stop putting things off, buy this book.”

The Power of Discipline

The Power of Discipline: How to Use Self Control and Mental Toughness to Achieve Your Goals” teaches you how to strengthen your self-discipline muscles, which is critical to implementing many anti-procrastination strategies. The author, Daniel Walter, has several other books related to procrastination, focus, and productivity.

Promising review: “Much of what is here is covered in other books but this takes all the most powerful points and packs them together in an easy to understand and implement reference… This book feels like a survival guide for discipline and changing habits, and I found this to be a fantastic little reference.”

The Perfectionism Workbook

The Perfectionism Workbook: Proven Strategies to End Procrastination, Accept Yourself, and Achieve Your Goals” explains that perfectionism can cause people to put unrealistic pressure on themselves and set impossible standards that negatively influence how they think and act. Author Taylor Newendorp is a clinical therapist and has worked with patients to address this and related problems. The workbook offers practical exercises that people can do on their own. It has more than 100 positive ratings.

Promising review: “I’m so bogged down in editing that I can’t write; can’t function; can’t think… And the next thing I know after that, I’ve started a new project, where I swear I won’t make the same mistakes. This one will be perfect. This one I won’t mess up—and then I do… This book was my answer.”

What is Kindle Unlimited?

If you’re a reader, you probably already know about Amazon’s $10-per-month unlimited reading plan, Kindle Unlimited.

If you don’t, go here and sign up. It’s like Netflix, but for ebooks. And there are more than a million books available in Kindle Unlimited, with authors getting paid for every page you read.

Amazon Prime also has an unlimited reading service, Prime Reading. It doesn’t cost any extra if you’re already an Amazon Prime member, but it only has about a 1,000 books. The list of Amazon Prime bestsellers is here. However, they change up the selection of books in the program all the time, so if you don’t want to sign up for Kindle Unlimited, definitely do check out Prime Reading — especially the Prime Reading science fiction and fantasy bestsellers.

MetaStellar publisher and news editor Maria Korolov is a science fiction novelist who covers artificial intelligence, extended reality and cybersecurity at her day job. See her Amazon author page here and follow her on Twitter here. Email her at [email protected].