Here you’ll find resources that have helped me specifically in the area of procrastination and diligence. Hope they help you! Categories overlap. Most address habits.
Too many verses to list! I find it helpful to pray asking God to show me how scriptures I am already reading might apply to my procrastination.
*Although the following are helpful aids, I do not necessarily endorse everything these authors believe or teach.
An asterisk (*) marks my favorites.
*Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Learn to get big results from consistent small actions. Simple, clear. More concise than The Slight Edge.
The Path Principle by Andy Stanley – YouTube video
Stanley explains that it is direction not intention that determines destination.
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
The critical importance of small daily actions we choose, each of which takes us either toward or away from our goals.
*Mini Habits by Stephen Guise
Easy read to learn how to form new habits working in cooperation with our brains. Simple, clear.
*Tomorrow by Maria Edgeworth
Available through Lamplighter Publishing. God used this small novel to open my eyes. I saw the pervasiveness of my slothfulness and its root. I was stirred to action!
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The science behind how we form habits. Contains the helpful Habit Loop.
Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
Eight key concepts that aid productivity. Not about cramming in more.
Switch – How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath Especially helpful section on emotions and how they impact choices.
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin Anecdotal. Observations and stories that can help us understand our bents and thus, possible ways to form helpful habits.
Do More Better by Tim Challies
Short book with practical technology helps and more.
The Truth Project Del Tackett, Instructor (DVD)
This DVD series, originally available through Focus on the Family, does not address procrastination. However, it helped me realize I needed to change my thinking about my responsibility, my bent to procrastinate, and others’ observations of me.
Helpful website for housecleaning.
Tyranny of the Urgent by Charles E. Hummel
Booklet. Helps clarify priorities. Sometimes what clamors for attention is not the most important thing.
*Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Recognizing what’s important and paring down to that.
Rest and Play
*Margin by Richard Swenson, MD. Also The Overload Syndrome, A Minute of Margin (brief meditations) Restoring Margin to Overloaded Lives (Bible study)
A Christian doctor who changed his life addresses stress, time, priorities. Gives perspective.
What’s Best Next – How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matt Perman
Helps us see our purpose under God and practically conduct daily life in a way that bears fruit. Vision, time management, productivity.
Managers of Their Homes by Steven and Teri Maxwell
A very highly structured time management approach. Adapt to suit. Contains good ideas and help with perspective and attitude.