As I started to write the review for this wonderful book, I had to first clean up my family room. I can’t work in a messy environment. Then I again skimmed through all my notes and reread many passages. Oh! I forgot that I was out of milk, so I ran to the store.
You see, it isn’t only teens who procrastinate! We all do it. I have the advantage of KNOWING that I procrastinate just before I write, and I place that knowledge in the process. Bust Your Buts is a perfect book for teens. The first stanza of Dr. Foster’s poem also says:
This book is for kids
To keep on their shelves
Adults who read it
Just might see themselves!
The title, Bust Your Buts is very clever because the book is a collection of “BUTS, also known as avoidance tendencies.” We all say “but” as excuses for what we can’t or don’t want to do.
Introduction: This explains how the book is helpful. It is very casual to appeal to teens. Dr. Foster is very personal and friendly and inviting.
Chapter 1: About Procrastination “Procrastination involves putting things off.”
Chapter one talks about how complex procrastination is. Sometimes procrastination is due to conflicts, and so Dr. Foster has steps for avoiding conflict: Calm down, Communicate, Cooperate, Compromise, and Consider. The five C’s!
Chapter 2: Personal Reasons
The lists for each of the following categories are so specific, so exact, and so applicable to all, that copies of this book should be in every classroom—perhaps in every teen’s desk!!
- TIPS for when you procrastinate because you have too much to do.
- TIPS for when you procrastinate because you just don’t care
- TIPS for when you procrastinate because you are bored
- TIPS for when you procrastinate due to a lack of self-confidence
- TIPS for when you procrastinate because you are fearful
- TIPS for when you procrastinate because you fear success
- TIPS for when you procrastinate because your feelings interfere
- TIPS for when you procrastinate because of perfectionism
- TIPs for when you procrastinate because you aren’t feeling well
- TIPS for when you procrastinate because you’re confused
- TIPS for when you procrastinate because you’re lazy
- TIPS for when you procrastinate because you want the BIG picture
Continuing to list TIPS, Chapter 3 addresses Skill-Related Reasons for Procrastination, Chapter 4 addresses External Reasons for Procrastination, and Chapter 5 is called But What If…? and talks about what to do if all else fails.
All chapters will appeal to our teens, especially those who like to know “why,” but they will also fascinate teachers and other adults. Dr. Foster is very knowledgeable and has a high-powered reputation, yet she can get right down to the essence of meaning and appeals to the reader with her sense of humor and an ability to get to the heart of the matter.
Run to buy Bust Your Buts by Dr. Joanne Foster. It would make terrific gifts for teens, their parents, their teachers…and anyone who wants TIPS for procrastination!