Procrastinate on Purpose | Rory Vaden

Summary of: Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time
By: Rory Vaden


Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed by the demands on your time and eager to increase your productivity? The book ‘Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time’ by Rory Vaden offers an insightful and practical approach to achieving more with your time. This summary will walk you through five transformative permissions that, when applied consistently, can vastly improve your time management and overall productivity. You will learn about the importance of eliminating unnecessary tasks, automating repetitive processes, delegating when possible, practising strategic procrastination, and focusing on your priorities.

Mastering Time Management

Are you feeling overwhelmed with your busy schedule? Rory Vaden’s book, “Procrastinate on Purpose,” recommends eliminating complaining as the first step to manage time better. According to research, routine activities like dressing and eating can consume up to 5 hours each day. Rory interviewed well-accomplished individuals who never bothered complaining about their time demands. By accepting their busy schedules, these “multipliers” were able to manage their time better and reduce stress levels. Taking ownership of commitments empowers individuals to find solutions to overloaded schedules without playing victim.

Multiply Your Productivity

The path to productivity lies in eliminating activities from your life. Multipliers focus on results, not tasks. Begin multiplying your time by eliminating time-wasters like excessive TV watching and unnecessary meetings.

Do you want to be more successful but feel overwhelmed by your to-do list? Conventional wisdom tells us that less is more, yet we often focus on adding more to our lives to boost our achievements. However, the truth is that the key to productivity is in eliminating activities from your life. The most productive people don’t focus on tasks but on results.

If you’re struggling with an overload of tasks, it’s time to adopt an elimination mindset. Cut out time-wasting activities and focus on what’s truly important. For example, did you know that the typical American watches over 34 hours of TV a week? That’s almost as much time as a full-time job! By eliminating excessive TV watching, you can free up a significant amount of time for more meaningful tasks.

Another common time-waster is excessive meetings. According to a survey, 47% of respondents claimed that meetings were their largest time-waster. To maximize your productivity, ask yourself two key questions before accepting a meeting invite – do you really need to know what will be shared in the meeting, and will you be called on to make decisions? If the answer is no to both, then eliminate that pesky time-waster from your schedule.

Don’t let trivial activities or unnecessary tasks hold you back from achieving your goals. Start multiplying your time and productivity by adopting an elimination mindset and focusing on what truly matters.

The Wealthy Mindset and Investment

Do you think like a wealthy person? Knowing the difference between an average person’s mindset and a wealthy person’s mindset can make a big difference. The wealthy mindset means having an investment mindset, where every action is considered as an opportunity for investment. For instance, when deciding whether to buy a $5 coffee, the wealthy person thinks of it as a lost opportunity to invest that money, which could have potentially become something bigger in the future. This mentality is also applicable to time management. Investing in automation can save you countless hours in repetitive tasks, but many businesses still neglect this area due to concerns over the cost. However, not investing in automation is a hidden cost, as you’re also wasting future time. Hence, adopting an investment mindset in both time and money can help you identify valuable opportunities that are often overlooked by others.

Delegate and Conquer

Find out how delegating tasks can help save time and boost productivity by using the 30x rule.

In today’s fast-paced world, time is one of our most valuable resources. Yet, with so much to do and so little time, we often find ourselves struggling to keep up. However, there is a way out – delegation.

While some tasks may be important enough to receive human attention, if they cannot be automated or eliminated, the majority can be delegated. But why don’t more of us save time by delegating? The answer lies in our belief that others won’t meet our exacting standards or complete the work on time. We often find ourselves telling ourselves the same old story – it’s quicker if I do it. But this probably isn’t true.

According to the 30x rule, for every minute a task takes us to finish, we should invest thirty minutes in training another person to complete it. At first, this may seem counterproductive as we’ll need to spend time teaching someone else. But, imagine spending five minutes of each working day completing a particular task. In a year, you’d have spent 1,250 minutes, whereas investing just 150 minutes in teaching someone else would still save you 1,100 minutes annually.

Many people believe they can’t afford to delegate. But, we need to remember that time is money, too. Delegating tasks can free up more of your time to spend earning money instead. And, provided the other person’s hourly rate is lower than yours, you’ll still turn a profit.

So, don’t try to do everything yourself. Use another pair of hands to multiply your time by using the 30x rule. Start delegating and conquer your To-Do list.

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