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Just Do It Just Do It
and make life work

Michael and Hilary Perrott
ISBN 1853453927 (9781853453922)
CWR, 2006

Category: Christian Life & Discipleship

A friend of mine always used to say, "Why do today what you can put off till tomorrow?" So I've put off this review for as long as possible, but the book sits there, screaming at me, Just Do It!

If you're anything like me, first of all, may the Lord have mercy on you. Next, however... well what is next? A pile of things that need to be done, a deadline screaming even more loudly. Much as I hate deadlines, I have to admit that I thrive on them: an imminent deadline sharpens my thinking, gets my adrenaline going and gets the job done.

Trouble is, there are so many other things that need to be done too, and I'd much rather just sit and read another book. This book is the answer to that conundrum: as the authors warn us,

Procrastination is no joke or harmless quirk of character. It is a great enemy for there is no part of our lives it cannot spoil. It plunders our best years. We travel through life leaving a trail of broken promises, unmet hopes and serious regrets...

The book is presented in eight chapters, spelling out the title:

Just Doing It
Understanding Ourselves
Setting Clear Goals
Tackling Our Time
Developing Good Strategies
Overcoming Obstacles
Identifying the Benefits
Tracking Our Progress

The Perrott's analysis of the problem is spot on, their suggestions for dealing with it make good, practical sense and their conviction that change is possible is persuasive. There are, of course, perfectly sound reasons for delay and they are careful to spell this out: "Procrastination is not to be confused with sensible delay and taking good care. It has everything to do with needless delay." (p.21). People who truly thrive on deadlines are acknowledged (p.59) but that's not the problem so many of us are so often up against: it is rather that needless delay, the giving in to distractions despite deadlines... Are you up for the challenge? More to the point, are you ready to change?

Annoyingly, there are no footnotes or references: snippets from other writers (C S Lewis, C T Studd and Mark Twain, to give just three examples) are scattered throughout the book without citing specific sources... one of those things, perhaps, that the publishers never quite got around to before the print run?

Finally, a word of warning: this book is as brightly coloured inside as it is outside (for anyone who's red-green colourblind, it's a bright—almost lime—green and red), which you'll either find off-putting or appealing. Hopefully the latter in view of the subject matter, but you've actually got a very good excuse now to stay away...

But if it's not the colour scheme, what are you waiting for???

Phil Groom, July 2006

Phil Groom is this site's Webmaster and Reviews Editor. He's a freelance blogger, writer and web developer who spent ten years managing the bookshop at London School of Theology alongside eight years writing web reviews for Christian Marketplace magazine before he came to his senses and went independent. You can find him on facebook or follow him on twitter @notbovvered.


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