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Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time Hardcover – January 6, 2015
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“Managing your time is a lot like managing your money. It’s not about the numbers; it’s about your behavior. The best time-management tricks in the world won’t do you much good if they don’t actually make your life better. In Procrastinate on Purpose, Rory builds on what we’ve all heard about time management and adds the two things that have always been missing: emotion and significance.”
—Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio show host
"A brilliant insight turned into an actionable method. Start now!"
—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
“We all have the same 24 hours in a day to make an impact but what if you could actually create more time? Procrastinate on Purpose shows how the greatest leaders in the world have figured out how to literally multiply their time. This book is a game changer.”
—Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The Carpenter
“Rory Vaden has invented a way to manufacture more time in your day! This book has brilliant insights on how to become more productive in every area.”
—Randy Gage, author of the New York Times bestseller Risky Is the New Safe
“Rory Vaden is a contrarian—and that’s a good thing. Most rail against the evils of procrastination, but in Procrastinate on Purpose, Vaden shows us how to use it to our advantage. In doing so, we get more of the one resource that used to be finite: time.”
—John G. Miller, bestselling author of QBQ!, Outstanding!, and Parenting the QBQ Way
“Procrastinate on Purpose will alter the way the professional world thinks about time - I've never read anything like it. Useful, unique, and relevant…this is an absolute must read for every leader.”
—Sue Schick, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania and Delaware
"Procrastinate on Purpose is the unorthodox guide for mastering time-management and productivity in our 24/7 business world. If you only read one book this year on how to become more effective and focused at work with less stress—and fewer emails—read this one.”
—Jason Dorsey, Co-Founder of The Center for Generational Kinetics and bestselling author of Y-Size Your Business
Rory's commitment to living life on purpose has challenged and inspired me again and again. In Procrastinate on Purpose, he shares a fresh take on time management, giving you tools and techniques that will empower you to say no to the mediocre in order to say yes to the best.
--Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com and New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
"The thing I love about Rory Vaden’s books is that long before he writes about principles, he lives them. If you've ever thought, ‘I wish I had more time,’ read the great principles in this book. And then I dare you to do what Rory does: live them."
—Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Start and Quitter
"We all wish we had more time. It turns out we have plenty to spare. In Procrastinate on Purpose, Rory Vaden shows us how to take our time back and sets us free from the shackles of tired time management techniques."
—Ken Coleman, author of One Question and host of The EntreLeadership podcast
“Every once in a while you read a book so impactful that you buy a copy for each of your teenage kids and make them memorize it. Take the Stairs was that book for me. The world NEEDS Rory Vaden. He is a big thinker and action taker who will challenge the way you are living your life. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on his second book. Procrastinate on Purpose will not disappoint.”
—Sarah Petty, owner of Joy of Marketing and New York Times bestselling author of Worth Every Penny
“All of our days are numbered, but in Procrastinate on Purpose Rory Vaden reveals the unconscious method that top performers have been using for years to multiply their results. For the first time ever, now you can understand their same methodology.”
—Robert D. Smith, author of 20,000 Days and Counting
“Every once in a while a book comes along that completely shifts the way an entire generation thinks about a specific topic. When it comes to time management and productivity, Procrastinate on Purpose may be the one!”
—Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Traveler’s Gift and The Noticer
About the Author
Rory Vaden is a Self-Discipline Strategist, Cofounder of the international training company Southwestern Consulting, and a New York Times bestselling author. As an author and business motivational speaker, Rory's unique insights have been shared on Oprah radio, as well as in Businessweek, Publishers Weekly, and SUCCESS Magazine. He is the author of Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success.
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This book definitely wasn’t aimed at mere office surfs such as myself (definitely written more for experienced execs, high powered CEO’s, etc…), but I was able to learn a lot from it. Automation is one thing I needed to learn about. I send similar emails 5-10 times a week, which made me realize how important stock emails can be. Having to re-write the same basic email to customers every couple of days is boring, and wastes a lot of time! Anyways, great book! I have been able to apply it quite a bit already.
Now, along comes Rory Vaden with a fresh and powerful paradigm that makes a REAL difference. Taking a technique from the military, Vaden explains to the reader how to "multiply his/her forces." Essentially, the strategy is to "just say 'NO.'" This book will show you just how powerful 'NO' is. But knowing when, to whom, and how to say 'NO' is vital to the success of this strategy. Vaden gives you everything you need to know to start improving the quality of your life by using this technique right now. This week.
The author also discovered that time management is not as purely logical as one would thing. Rather, guilt and anxiety are huge driving forces, as we stress over what to do next. So, the author explains, any new strategy must take this emotional aspect into account.
Surprisingly, this book isn't about time management, like the time-management approaches of decades past. In the 1950's and 1960's, it was about getting more efficient--getting faster at what you needed to do. You didn't really get any more time, you just got faster. Rory calls this the "First Era" of time Management. The "Second Era," around 1989, was based on the work of Stephen Covey, and his four quadrants based on urgency and importance. You rate each task to help you make a better choice of what to do next. So, this era was about prioritizing better. Again, you didn't really get any more time--you simply put one thing in line ahead of another.
While there is nothing wrong with doing your work more efficiently, or picking tasks better, neither of these things give you more time. And they likewise don't help you pick tasks that have more significance. This leads to the author's "Third Era" of time management. In this strategy, the third dimension is "Significance." That is, how long will my decision affect me. How enduring will the effect be?
The practical side of this book hinges on an interesting approach. The author discovered that super-performers use something like a "Focus Funnel." As you examine possible tasks to perform, each possible tasks proceeds down the funnel. As a task enters deeper into the funnel, you ask these successive questions:
1. Can I eliminate this task? If so, give yourself permission to IGNORE
2. Can I automate this task? If so, give yourself permission to INVEST
3. Can I delegate this task? If so, give yourself permission to be IMPERFECT
4. Can I do it later? If so, give yourself permission to "POP"--PROCRASTINATE ON PURPOSE
And finally, if it's made it all the way through the Focus Funnel, give yourself permission to PROTECT, and CONCENTRATE on the task.
✔ All in all PROCRASTINATE ON PURPOSE is a surprisingly unique book--not at all what I expected. It's not a dull statistical book in any way at all. The method proposed in this book is really all about exercising wisdom and patience. The POP approach encourages you to invest time in things of greatest significance, not frantically doing busy work, or just trying to work faster. With the POP system, you get clarity as you concentrate on things of high significance, and invest time in activities today that yield more time tomorrow.
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The author says, at one point, that he wrote the book in 5 days. It certainly shows.