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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

"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

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 BusinessweekPublishers Weekly, and SUCCESS Magazine. He is the author of Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (December 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399170634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399170638
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bassocantor TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 5, 2015
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PROCRASTINATE ON PURPOSE grew out of the author's quest to see how super-achievers accomplish their work. We have all heard that time is finite, but the author insists that is wrong. In fact, he says, everything you have learned about time management is wrong. Of course, we all have the same hours in a day, but super-achievers invest time in tasks today that give them more time tomorrow.

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?
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I loved this book. Since I read it, some the ideas have actually haunted me - making me realize how powerful (and counter-intuitive) some of Rory's ideas are. But in thinking about it, I am adopting his Procrastinate on Purpose mindset for sure. The irony is had I read this a year ago, I would've saved a few thousand dollars in rushed decisions. I also really appreciated the section about why and also HOW to say 'NO' to people or things that don't fit for our goals and dreams. When you learn that skill it makes 'going for no' even easier. Bottom line, it's great book and there's a reason for all the five star reviews.
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Loved this book! Unlike some others, I haven't read Rory's first book "Take The Stairs" prior to reading "Procrastinate on Purpose" but absolutely loved this book and will be getting "Take The Stairs" shortly!

I have read more productivity and "time management" books than I can count, and this one seriously tops them all! Rory covers many tools and resources that can help you focus on the significant tasks at hand, rather than the urgent or important tasks. Among all that is covered in the book, my favorite concept is the Focus Funnel. He describes a funnel in which all of our tasks go into, and each task must pass through several questions before it actually ends up on our desk where we work on it.

Those questions in the Focus Funnel are:
- Can I ELIMINATE the task?
- Can I AUTOMATE the task?
- Can I DELEGATE the task?

If you are unable to eliminate, automate or delegate the task you now have the choice to do two things:

- Should I do the task NOW or should I do it LATER and "Procrastinate on Purpose". In this last decision is the main concept of the book. Rather than procrastinating (putting something off because we don't want to do it) he talks about "Procrastinate on Purpose" or POP or "patience" as putting it off because the task is not significant enough that it should be done now. When you POP the task, it goes back to the top of the funnel, where it will go through all the questions again, in sequence with your other tasks, to determine if it will be ready to complete or not.

There are other supportive concepts Rory discusses such as priority dilution and priority concentrate, which help us to understand the value of putting each task through the funnel of questions.
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Since Stephen Covey wrote about the concept of focusing on the important over and above the urgent, high-achievers have been diligently prioritizing their use of time. The only problem is that each day only allows for so many priorities. Sooner or later, no matter how persistent you are at doing the important, something slips through the cracks of your limited time.

In Procrastinate on Purpose, Rory Vaden applies a fresh approach to time management by adding a new dimension to the equation: significance. Vaden offers insight on how to make the most of this new perspective using five powerful and practical practices: elimination, automation, delegation, procrastination and concentration. Today’s highest achievers give themselves permission to use these practices daily. In Procrastinate on Purpose, Vaden shows you how to apply them to your life for better results.
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I've spoken with the author personally in a professional context. I've interviewed hundreds of personal coaches, efficiency gurus, financial advisors and the like. Rory is the real deal. He is passionate, but not about just making money. He's all about creating a better life. So many books like this are stuffed with platitudes and theories that don't pan out. Procrastinate on Purpose is chock full of helpful, proven steps to make one's whole life--professional and personal life--better. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to make all aspects of his life better.
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