Great Potential Press
ISBN: 978-1-935067-33-7
CAD $18.95


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!


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
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