Book Review: Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden
Have you ever wished you could multiply your time? I know I have.
From working crazy hours to fitting in everything else important to me, there have been many scenarios where I just wanted more time. But what if I told you it was possible to multiply time? Would you believe me?
Well I have good news. It is possible… sort of.
Procrastinate on Purpose is a terrific book written by Rory Vaden. The book shows us all how to multiply time.
Are you ready? Alright.
Here are the top seven insights from the book.
1. Priority dilution occurs when we delay the day’s most important activities by allowing our attention to shift to less important tasks.
2. Multipliers think differently. They are not victims. They are capable. They are powerful enough to decide what they will and won’t do with their time. But one thing they are not is too busy.
3. To a multiplier, it is ultimately only about producing their desired results.
4. Multipliers don’t just make decisions based on the here and now; they make decisions based on a perspective of how it will affect the future. This is about significance.
5. Ultra-performers multiply their time. How? You multiply your time by spending time on things today that will give you more time tomorrow.
6. You should be doing anything that is going to make tomorrow easier.
7. Multipliers have given themselves five permissions the rest of us have not. These include:
a. Eliminate – The Permission to Ignore. Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
b. Automate – The Permission to Invest. Always calculate the opportunity cost. By simply realizing one purchase will simultaneously cancel out an opportunity to invest somewhere else, you will find the emotional temptation of the decision at hand almost instantly reduced.
c. Delegate – The Permission of Imperfect. Ask this question, “Does what I’m doing right now require my unique skill set, or is it possible there are other people capable of doing this?”
d. Procrastinate – The Permission of Incomplete. Ask, “Can this wait until later?” And if the answer is yes, don’t do it right now! Why? If you act too soon, you make yourself vulnerable to change cost. If you’re not at least 75% sure of what the right decision is – don’t make one.
e. Concentrate – The Permission to Protect. Until you accomplish your next most significant priority, everything else is a distraction.
I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from the book to encourage you to make the most of every day.
“Success is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day.” – Rory Vaden