Did you ever feel stuck? Unable to move forward or blocked?
Or did you make a New Year’s resolution to tackle a project that has been laying dormant for some time?
In her newest book, The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block, Hillary Rettig tackles the issues of blockages, procrastination and perfectionism.
Even though this book is aimed at writers, I believe that the core information on procrastination, perfectionism, time management, and tempo apply to everyone out there, who are writers or not.
In the first chapter, the first of the book, Ms. Rettig gets right to business: procrastination is out there. And guess what? Laziness and lack of will power and symptoms of procrastination, or under-productivity, as she refers to it. They are not causes. So stop beating yourself up and learn to get beyond it! If you’re procrastinating, she shows you how to recognize it, get to the bottom of it, and move on.
The 7 Secrets of the Prolific
Another feature of the book is that the secrets touted on the cover are available in the first chapter. No digging around to find out what they are. And the differences between the under-productive and the prolific are highlighted, and a path drawn to show you how to get there
Did you know that if an under-productive person has too much noise in their environment, they are likely to try and ignore it? Prolific people will remove the distraction, either by removing themselves or eliminating the noise. Every barrier is dealt with quickly so the prolific can keep producing.
It doesn’t matter why you may be a perfectionist, or in what areas. Perfectionism can paralyze you and keep you from doing anything.
In the second chapter, Ms. Rettig goes over various causes of perfectionism and how it plays out, and then gives an alternative that is gentler and easier to live with.
The chapter on time management gives us a great method to find time to achieve our dreams. While it is geared at writing, these techniques can be applied to anything you want to achieve. As she says,
“The purpose of time management isn’t to stuff as much as possible into your schedule, but to remove as much as possible from your schedule so you have time to get the important stuff done to a high degree of quality with as little stress as possible.”
This chapter on time management is worth the price of the book alone, simply because it tells you how to get to the point where you are getting the important stuff done with high quality and low stress.
Who doesn’t want less stress in their lives?
This book picked me up and shook me. I started working on my novel again, stalled because I was thinking I hadn’t plotted it right (perfectionist anyone?) I also began to finish a quilt that has been languishing for 4 years because I was afraid to do it wrong (again? perfectionism?)
While I read every book that I am asked to review, rarely do I find one that is so immediately and thoroughly applicable to my life.
If you are a writer, this book is an absolute must read.
If you’re not a writer, this books is still a read that should not be missed.
Book:The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block (Kindle)
Non-Kindle formats:Author’s Website
Author: Hillary Rettig
Publisher: Infinite Art
Hillary Rettig provided me with a free copy of the book enable me to write this review.