Bust Your BUTS: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate

Bust Your BUTS: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate

by Joanne Foster


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This book is for teens who can’t stop procrastinating. There are hundreds of tips in this book to help them get rid of some “buts” that are common to procrastinators: I have too much to do, I don’t feel well, I might do badly, I’m confused, I get distracted, I’d rather do something else instead, and other people keep pestering me. “Bust Your BUTS” helps teens be productive, use time better, and become more successful. Ben Franklin Silver Award Winner- IBPA

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935067337
Publisher: Gifted Unlimited, LLC
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Joanne Foster, EdD is a parent, teacher, gifted education specialist, university instructor, educational consultant, and award-winning author who has worked in the field of gifted education for over 30 years. She conducts teacher-training workshops, gives presentations to educators and parent organizations in local, national, and international forums, and serves on several advisory committees concerning children's education and optimal development. She is co-author (with Dona Matthews) of Being Smart about Gifted Education (2009), and Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids (2014). Dr. Foster is also the sole author of Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination (2015). She wrote "ABCs of Being Smart," a series of feature articles for the National Association for Gifted Children's magazine Parenting for High Potential, and her column "Fostering Kids' Success" appears at The Creativity Post online. Her writing appears in many other publications around the world. Dr. Foster taught Educational Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto for twelve years, and provides leadership in the areas of giftedness and high-level development.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: About Procrastination

What is procrastination?

Is procrastination bad and are there ways around it,

or are you forever doomed?

Procrastination and power struggles?

Chapter 2: Personal Reasons for Procrastination:

What Are Your BUTS?

BUT…I have too much to do

BUT…I don’t care

BUT…I’m bored

BUT…I’m not confident

BUT…I might do badly (fear of failure)

BUT…I might do so well that I’ll be expected to do more

(fear of success)

BUT…My feelings get in the way

BUT…What if it’s not perfect?

BUT…I don’t feel well (health—low on sleep, energy,

nutrition or exercise)

BUT…I’m confused

BUT…I’m lazy

BUT…I have to look at the BIG picture first

Chapter 3: Skill-Related Reasons for Procrastination:

What Are Your BUTS?

BUT…I’m disorganized

BUT…I have trouble setting goals

x Bust Your BUTS

BUT…Prioritizing and decision-making are hard for me

BUT…I don’t have the knowledge

BUT…Hey, look at my track record (past experience)

BUT…I have difficulty with time management

(including planning and preparation)

BUT…I’d rather do something else instead

BUT…I hate doing anything risky

Chapter 4: External Reasons for Procrastination:

What Are Your BUTS?

BUT…I get distracted

BUT…I need more structure

BUT…Other people keep pestering me

BUT…I don’t have what I need (materials or support)

BUT…It’s not fair!

BUT…What about my friends?

BUT…There are too many technological demands

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



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