Great Potential Press
ISBN: 978-1-935067-33-7
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BUST YOUR BUTS: TIPS FOR TEENS WHO PROCRASTINATE

This book is for teens—and it’s filled with tips to help them understand, prevent, manage, and eliminate procrastination. There are 28 BUTS (or reasons why kids procrastinate), including having too much to do, being distracted, laziness, not wanting to take risks, being disorganized, confusion, lacking confidence, and more… Kids will find out how to bust their BUTS! They will learn how to use time wisely, confront challenges, and become more successful.

Plus there’s lots of helpful information on time management, motivators, and ways to be productive. An informative, reader-friendly, and valuable resource, this is the book that procrastinators have been waiting for!

Book Reviews

Early Reviews for BUST YOUR BUTS:

An outstanding book that provides teens with practical strategies that they can use to overcome procrastination and change their lives! Dr. Foster has provided an extensive number of relatable examples to help teens move forward and accomplish their goals. A thoroughly enjoyable read, and a perfect accompaniment to the well-received parent/teacher book “Not Now, Maybe Later”

Susanne Alter, M.Ed.Special Education Consultant

Bust Your BUTS is a rich resource that teaches teens how to get themselves unstuck when they procrastinate. Dr. Foster makes sense of the reasons why we procrastinate and compassionately creates awareness around these unspoken obstacles to productivity. She avoids blame and opens the door for lasting change by providing valuable insights and offering simple tips to move her readers forward. Filled with encouragement and practical steps, Bust Your BUTS empowers teens to find what drives them to where they want to go in life.

Sherlyn Pang LuedtkeSpeaker, Trainer, and Author - #1 Best Seller, The Mommy Advantage

Joanne Foster has written yet another book that will help teachers, parents, and very interested individuals deal with one of those problems that befuddle, baffle and bewilder us all- procrastination. And she is one of those few authors who take a multi-modal approach to the problem, because let’s face it- there ARE sometimes good personal reasons for procrastinating, good external reasons for putting things off, and robust reasons for delaying those insipid things that need to be done!  If you want to be more productive, get things done – and get your kids and students to ” get er done” – then pick up a copy of this book – without delay.

Michael F. ShaughnessyProfessor at Eastern New Mexico University; Editor, Gifted Education International

All teens will enjoy this quick, light, practical guide to overcoming procrastination. Whether they delay what needs to be done only on occasion or make a regular habit of it, they will find that Joanne Foster has come to the rescue with great tips to
inspire, motivate and most important, break free of procrastination. Easy to read, understand and apply, the strategies in Bust Your Buts will be appreciated for a lifetime.

Sarah Chana Radcliffe, M.Ed.C.Psych.Author of "The Fear Fix"

Sensible solutions for all different types of procrastinators.  This book is full of the right skills and resources to address procrastination. A must-have for teens—and educators and parents. It is such a usable guide that anyone could use it effectively.

Sylvia KwanTeacher

Joanne Foster has created a comprehensive list of the reasons for procrastinating, and practical steps for how to address each one. She has struck just the right tone for teens—not talking down, but treating them like intelligent and capable beings, and brooking no nonsense in tackling the problem. The book is well organized for a start-to- finish read or a quick reference for a particular issue, and comes with a helpful bibliography and a thorough list of endnotes. Finally, she has remained optimistic throughout and sends a clear message that “Yes, you can overcome this!”

Colleen Willard-Holt, Ph.D.Dean of the Faculty of Education, Wilfrid-Laurier University, Waterloo

Brilliant! Surgically presented and packed with concrete information. Dr. Joanne Foster finally gives procrastination the breadth of respect and appreciation it direly demands. Essential text for teenagers, and for every Emotional Literacy educator—teachers, therapists, life coaches & parents!

Marlaine CoverSocial Entrepreneur, and Founder of Parenting 2.0

Bust your BUTS is just the book we’ve been waiting for!

Full of tips and pointers, this book is immediately useful to teens who ruminate over the myriad reasons to avoid starting that project. Joanne Foster has pinpointed many of the common reasons why teens procrastinate. With compassionate understanding, the author acknowledges the difficulties of the ‘BUTS’ and then expertly addresses these concerns with tips that are ‘doable’ in a step-by-step manner. Interspersed with fitting quotes, Bust your BUTS is written in a language and practical format that will be easily implemented by teens (and their parents)!

Helpful strategies highlight the importance of building skills such as time management and organization. In addition, this book considers factors such as motivation, and harnessing one’s personal strengths, alongside beneficial sources of information for additional supports. This is a book I would highly recommend to students, parents and educators.

Barbara WilliamsSpecial Education Consultant, and Program Lead for Learning Disabilities, Gifted, and Enrichment

Finally! Some practical advice to help teens who are stymied by procrastination. Dr. Foster explains why they procrastinate, and what they can do about it. Bust Your BUTS is a very practical guide to help teens achieve success in high school and beyond by “working smarter not faster.” The structure of the book is excellent. It’s easy to read, and being able to flip around the book BY DESIGN without a chronological approach, is user friendly. There’s a wide variety of inspirational quotes, and plenty of useful advice to help students take responsibility. Every teen should read this book!

James V. McManamyHigh school teacher

For anyone who procrastinates, you will find yourself among the pages of this informative book. Bust Your BUTS will offer you strategies and resources to help you understand and cope when procrastination gets in your way.

Mona Diamond, M.A., Reg.CASLPO, Speech - Language Pathologist

USE THIS BOOK! We all know the “buts” because we fall back on them all the time. What this book provides are the “tips.” They are realistic, practical, and easy to follow. Don’t procrastinate. Read this book today.

Judy WinbergEducational Consultant

Bust Your BUTS offers the reader a comprehensive review of the many factors that contribute to procrastination in teens, and provides detailed strategies to manage barriers that interfere with task completion. The book is organized to allow the reader to delve into a detailed analysis of procrastination or to skip content and go directly to specific tips. Although written for teens, parents and educators will benefit from the information and tools offered in this book.

Ellen YackRegistered Occupational Therapist

This should be mandatory reading for every teen at the beginning of high school. In fact, if this guide were to be expanded into an entire course, we would see more of an increase in successful people believing in themselves, and a decrease in the teen-anxiety we hear so much about.

This book literally puts the harness in kids’ hands, and teaches them to ride! It is more about discovering and knowing oneself rather than “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts” (although I love the “Don’ts” guide at the end). It’s about nurturing growth, and encouraging thinking outside of perceived limitations.

I just know Bust Your BUTS is going to be transformational for adults AND teens. The easy-to-absorb format is thoughtfully and concisely presented, making it an effective and useful resource to which people can refer easily when needed. It is unique and effective in presenting meaningful strategies for taking control of actions, attitudes, and energy well spent. It develops responsibility, builds self-esteem, and teaches kids how to construct perspectives for their own success. The inspiring quotes reinforce what the author is teaching: instead of procrastinating—or being overwhelmed by a large task—deconstruct, categorize, prioritize, and persevere.

Another monumental achievement from Joanne Foster.

Nancy KopmanRecording Artist, Educational Children’s Music

I thought the book was very well written and insightful. It definitely helped me, as I procrastinate a lot. I like the concept and ideas of Bust Your BUTS.

Alex NemesTeenager

Bust Your BUTS is written for teenagers, but I found that it really inspired me as an adult (and teacher). This book is full of excellent reminders and strategies to help eliminate procrastination for myself, my children, and my students. It is easy to read and well organized. The quotes that are embedded in the book from other authors and famous figures make the book so real to life. Teaching self-regulation is a passion of mine, and developing a growth mindset is a definite key to overcoming procrastination. Bust Your BUTS is full of practical strategies like these that will help kids stop procrastinating.

Sandra LynchInstructional Program Leader of Special Education, Halton District School Board

I love this book! Joanne Foster’s book, Bust Your BUTS is like having a personal coach walking through steps to help teens overcome procrastination. The conversational tone makes this book an easy read. It is chock-full of strategies but more importantly, Joanne Foster takes a deep dive in looking why procrastination occurs. Without understanding the “why” it’s difficult to implement the solutions with commitment and conviction. She does this so well throughout the entire book. Not only will this book help teens but should be a must read for parents, guardians and teachers!

Mitzi WeinmanSpeaker, Leader, and Coach at TimeFinder; Author of “It’s About Time: Transforming Chaos into Calm, A to Z”

Bust Your Buts is the second book written by Dr. Joanne Foster about procrastination, with this book, unlike her first, being aimed at teenagers and children. As a teenager who procrastinates myself, this book was extremely helpful. Throughout, it helps identify different reasons for procrastinating, or buts, and lists many practical ways to overcome them. Though not all of these reasons for procrastinating were relevant to me, there were plenty that I could relate to, and the advice was easily applied into my life. Some examples of ‘buts’ include having too much to do, being afraid to fail and simply not wanting to carry out the necessary tasks. Many gifted children and teenagers experience these challenges, and often procrastinate over the more important, boring or challenging tasks so that they don’t have to face them. Overall, this book is great for dipping into and finding out what your buts are, and is a useful tool for any procrastinator. I’m going to continue using the methods in this book to stop my procrastination… starting next week.

Xavier DickasonTeenager, New Zealand

I read this book before giving it to my nephew and niece to read. I learned a lot that reinforced what I already know. The advice was good and it was told in a humorous manner. This book was so right, so intuitively correct.

N. WeinbergIndependent Information Technology and Services Professional

Dr. Joanne Foster has written a user-friendly guide to help teenagers who want to be more effective and successful. Bust Your Buts is directed at teens, but it’s helpful for anyone who has trouble getting their act together, or isn’t as productive as they’d like to be. It explores reasons we procrastinate–too much to do, trouble managing distractions, risk-avoidance, confidence problems, and lots more–and describes ways to power through those reasons to happy productivity.

Dr. Dona MatthewsEducational Psychologist and Award-winning Author

ANOTHER wonderful book from a trusted expert. BUT this book should be a must-read for tweens and teens. It offers a variety of sensible, practical guidelines on how to work through any excuses, manage the process and ultimately, succeed. It takes a community to raise a child, and I would recommend this book to anyone who cares about offering some strong solutions to the children in their lives. Parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, educators. What are you waiting for????

Barb WeisbergParent and Community Leader
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: This book is for TEENS. Here’s why… And, here’s how to use to your advantage info and sure-fire tips to eliminate and manage procrastination NOW.

Chapter 1 – About Procrastination

  1. What is procrastination?
  2. Is procrastination bad and are there ways around it, or are you forever doomed?
  3. Procrastination and power struggles?

Chapter 2 – Personal Reasons for Procrastination: What Are Your BUTS?

  1. BUT… I have too much to do
  2. BUT… I don’t care
  3. BUT… I’m bored
  4. BUT… I’m not confident
  5. BUT… I might do badly (fear of failure)
  6. BUT… I might do so well that I’ll be expected to do more (fear of success)
  7. BUT… My feelings get in the way
  8. BUT… What if it’s not perfect?
  9. BUT… I don’t feel well (health—low on sleep, energy, nutrition or exercise)
  10. BUT… I’m confused
  11. BUT… I’m lazy
  12. BUT… I have to look at the BIG picture first

Chapter 3 – Skill-Related Reasons for Procrastination: What Are Your BUTS?

  1. BUT… I’m disorganized
  2. BUT… I have trouble setting goals
  3. BUT… Prioritizing and decision-making are hard for me
  4. BUT… I don’t have the knowledge
  5. BUT… Hey, look at my track record (past experience)
  6. BUT… I have difficulty with time management (including planning and preparation)
  7. BUT… I’d rather do something else instead
  8. BUT… I hate doing anything risky

Chapter 4 – External Reasons for Procrastination: What Are Your BUTS?

  1. BUT… I get distracted
  2. BUT… I need more structure
  3. BUT… Other people keep pestering me
  4. BUT… I don’t have what I need (materials or support)
  5. BUT… It’s not fair!
  6. BUT… What about my friends?
  7. BUT… There are too many technological demands
  8. BUT… My parents procrastinate

Chapter 5 – But What If…?

  • The power of possibility
  • What if all else fails? (20 Don’ts)
  • Where to look for more information
    • 1) More about motivation
      • Top motivators
      • Inspirational reading
      • Brain-building experiences
    • 2) More about time management
      • Drawing the line
      • Organizational strategies
      • Habits and practical tactics
    • 3) More about developing personal strengths
      • Cool heads prevail
      • Bringing out the best
  • Last words
Excerpts

Bust Your BUTS: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate
A Few Excerpts from the Book

It’s easy for people to jump to conclusions about procrastinators, but the truth is that everyone is different, and so are the reasons for their behaviors and attitudes.

Have you ever thought about how you use time during the day? Are you wasteful? Do you have sensible routines in place? Do you do things logically or randomly? It makes good sense to think about how you use (or fritter away) time, and how you can become more efficient. Then you won’t feel overwhelmed, and you’ll be less apt to procrastinate.

You can learn to define your own success, and the path you want to take to get there. It may be by improving on something you can already do, or by progressing a little rather than a lot. Success is not necessarily about grades. Or prizes. Or applause. Success means something different to everyone. If you’re willing to challenge your understandings of success, and you don’t focus exclusively on big accomplishments, you’ll experience more successes—and greater confidence.

Putting things off so you can see the entire scope of a task may seem strategic, but when you stop to think about it, a BIG task is really just a bunch of smaller ones. If you view them as bite-sized pieces, instead of a huge plate full of stuff, it will be easier to digest. No one can eat an entire pizza in one swallow. You might want to see the whole thing, but regardless of what it looks like in its entirety, it will taste the same whether you see it or not, and the truth is that you still have to tackle it one piece at a time. And, as you do, the BIGness becomes less big…

Without parameters (think boundaries), people tend to wander. For example, if you gaze at the entire night sky filled with a zillion stars, your eyes will go every which way, and it will be difficult to concentrate for long on one small cluster. However, if you discipline yourself to focus on just one segment of the vast sky, then you can better appreciate that small constellation. Similarly, if you have a pile of things you have to do, but you don’t have a framework for action, then you may be inclined to be all over the place.

Get to know your feelings, attitudes, and habits. The good, and the not-so-good but fixable. The better you know yourself, the sooner you can get down to the business of tapping your strengths, bolstering your weaknesses, and doing what you have to do.

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