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Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  373 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs-a bold new way to get things done. New York Times bestselling author and sales-performance trainer Rory Vaden brings his high-energy approach and can-do spirit to the most nagging problem in our professional lives stalled productivity. Millions are overworked, organizationally challenged, or have a motivation is ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by TarcherPerigee
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Apr 09, 2015 Kelly rated it it was ok
Unlike many Goodreads reviewers, I did not find this book different or amazing. No breakthroughs. The permission to Eliminate/Ignore was discussed in greater detail in both The One Thing and Essentialism, both books better written, more insightful and thoughtful. Ari Meisel's Less Doing, More Living calls it "Optimize, Automate, and Outsource" instead of "Eliminate, Automate, and Delegate." And "Defer and Do" instead of "Procrastinate and Concentrate". Different words, conceptually the same. Les ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing
An early contender for my "read of the year".

If you think you've read every kind of book on time management and productivity, then think again as Rory Vaden's "Procrastinate on Purpose" offers a new way of looking at not only how you get things done, but what things you choose to do at all.

The book is a prequel of sorts to Vaden's best seller "Take the Stairs" and focuses on helping you understand that by eliminating, automating and delegating tasks, you are only left with things that you yourse
Kimberly [Come Hither Books]
Jan 29, 2015 Kimberly [Come Hither Books] marked it as did-not-finish
To the marketing department of this book: If the contents of a book are going to be from a Christian perspective, please at least hint that in the back copy, inside blurb, or even author biography. There IS a market for productivity and business books from a religious viewpoint, but if you don't make that slant clear, you won't find them consistently. Instead, you'll miss some who are looking for a religious time management book, and get some who actively don't want what you're giving them.

It co
Dianna Booher
Jan 17, 2015 Dianna Booher rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. It is definitely NOT the typical 101 ways to manage time. Vaden talks about how the "movers and shakers" think about time differently. You might consider his new book the Rich Dad, Poor Dad version of time.
Shorel Kleinert
Jan 07, 2016 Shorel Kleinert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, culture-track
This certainly is a good way to start the new year. Here's the gist: It doesn't matter how efficient you are at getting things done or how well you prioritize. You only have a certain amount of time. What you must do is focus on those things which are significant and only you can do. The rest of the things, either eliminate, automate, delegate or "procrastinate on purpose." POP is just putting it onto a holding pattern until it reaches the right time (might I say "kairos time") to do it. What do ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I can't even express how much I loved this book! It makes me want to make better use of my time in every part of my life. I borrowed it from a friend and wish I hadn't because I'd rather have my own copy to highlight and go back to. I'll have to buy it I guess. One thing I really like is that you can tell by the undertones of the book that the author is a Christian. It's not a subject of the book, and shouldn't distract anyone who isn't a Christian from reading it, but I liked knowing that the t ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Kimrudnick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
This was such a great book, showing how to make the best of the time you have, whether at work or in your personal life. While it did focus a great deal on business time management, there was a lot that you could take and use in your day to day life as well. There were so many eye opening moments in this book that I truly hope I can take and use these skills daily. Rory Vaden was also the narrator of this audiobook and he did a great job, really emphasizing certain things to prove a point. I wou ...more
Aug 06, 2015 Alicja rated it did not like it
It was terrible. Nothing new that would change my life anyhow. Moreover I felt like author thinks that people surrounding him are idiots, he repeated himself all the time and simply inserted the same paragraph numerous of times.
Oct 13, 2016 Erik rated it liked it
This book was geared toward people who have their own businesses or who work in sales. I am not either of these, but I still found some good ideas for my own life. I suppose the phrase "Procrastinate on Purpose" is sort of catchy, but it really doesn't capture the main point of this book which is more along the lines of deliberately choosing to do those things now that will save you time in the future. One of the five "permissions" that he talks about in this book to achieve that goal is deliber ...more
Samantha Nowatzke
Nov 20, 2016 Samantha Nowatzke rated it really liked it
Great book! Highly recommend for anyone who feels like their time is not their own and that they can never get ahead. The author does a wonderful job of relating how making some simple changes to how we think about our time and what the organization/priority of tasks can be will help to unlock (multiply) our time.
Jeremy Copeland
Jan 03, 2017 Jeremy Copeland rated it really liked it
Really helpful framework for navigating the prioritization of a leader's life.
Oct 06, 2016 Linsey rated it did not like it
I only marked this book as read so that I could review it. It is horrible. I don't know anything about the author, but he is highly irritating, repeats himself incessantly, and sounds like the quintessential 90s motivational speaker, droning on with all his amazing solutions for you to be as wonderful at life as he is. I only made it a few chapters in before I was too nauseated to continue. Do I think I have room to improve the way I use my time? Yes. Do I think this book or author has any chanc ...more
Ivan Kulis
Sep 12, 2016 Ivan Kulis rated it liked it
Interesting ideas wrapped in an effective and insightful system, but Vaden underestimates his readers with a simplistic language.

And one has to start with the way the book is written: it is a shameless plug for his own coaching, books, podcasts and even summer internship programmes. But it is more than that: almost all of the statistical evidence included in the book comes from the research undertaken by his company! it seems that Vaden suffers from an extreme case of limited thinking, as he see
Miriam Downey
Jan 13, 2015 Miriam Downey rated it liked it
Here is my full review: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

Want to be inspired to make changes in your work and personal life in 2015? Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden may just fill the bill. Rory Vaden is a salesman, motivational speaker, and self-discipline strategist (although aren't we all to some degree or another). Although primarily geared to organizations and businesses, Procrastinate on Purpose is filled with practical advice that nearly anyone can use to their advantage.

I s
Sandi Hemming
Sep 27, 2016 Sandi Hemming rated it did not like it
like reading an info-mercial
Mar 05, 2015 Madisson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-read
"Everything you know about time management is wrong."

Rory Vaden shares techniques, applicable advice and brilliant insights on prioritizing and multiplying your time. He asks and then answers,
"How in the world do you multiply your time?
And the next sentence is the singular core message of this entire book: You multiply your time by spending time on things today that will give you more time tomorrow."

It's about having "three-dimensional thinking": Urgency, Importance and Significance.
David Galloway
Sep 10, 2015 David Galloway rated it really liked it
Shelves: productivity
I sought out this book after hearing an interview with the author on The Art of Manliness podcast. It looks like your standard clickbait productivity bestseller, and there is some of that attitude here, but I find it had a lot of valuable ideas as well.

The book is written for a business executive or sales professional, which is limiting, but much of the advice given is applicable to farmers, stay-at-home parents, and others. I like his "Focus Funnel" in that it takes any issue vying for your ti
Mike Green
Sep 14, 2016 Mike Green rated it it was amazing
Rory Vaden's Procrastinate on Purpose: Priority+MGMT=Jugling, Important(x)Urgency(y)Significant(z),CategoricalScheduling,Elininate(No,Ignore),Automate(compound/Auto),Delegate(MVoTI/imperfect),Later (Procrastinate
Jacob O'connor
Dec 21, 2015 Jacob O'connor rated it really liked it
I'veseen most of this material before. It's notuncommon with this type of literature. Still, it serves as a personal trainer. Keeps the ideas fresh.


-Embracethe season. Balance is a myth

-The goal is not liesure

-There is more to do than you can ever do. Liability of the "efficiency" model

-Juggling and reprioritizing inevitably lead to burnout.

-You multiply your time by spending time today on things that will save you time tomorrow.

-5 permissions:1. permission to ignore

-Can I eliminate, aut
Jul 19, 2016 Charmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: growth
1. POP- wait and incomplete (worrier). Too early has a cost. Now is not the right time.
2. Multipliers do it on time (advantage). Unexpected Change cost. Create margin. Significant long term impact investments. Concentrate on the highest value concentrate. Multiplier - delegate, outsource things make my talent. Email is challenge to prioritizing other people's needs
3. Tools: Wait. Systematize. delegate. Wait until later
4. Focus Funnel: 15 min increments
5. High Value: Date night. Eat H
Jon Bash
Jul 06, 2016 Jon Bash rated it it was ok
Uggggghhhhh. The buzzwordiest buzzword salad of a book I've read (well, in this case listened to) yet. The whole Five Permissions-Multipliers-Focus Funnel-Significance Calculation-MVOT-ROTI-blahblahblahblah made-up lingo just hits levels of absurdity, and rarely actually means anything as complex or life-changing as he makes it sound. Like, this whole big thing he makes about "significance"? By Covey's standards it's the same damn thing as "importance". Yet he gives it a whole separate word and ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Paul rated it it was ok
Rory Vaden does not really discover anything new in this book. These concepts have been appearing in multiple books over the past 10-15 years. I found "Getting Things Done" a better execution of the main concepts listed in the book. There are a few interesting angles he proposes but it is spoiled because the book is a constant commercial promoting the author, his books and his consulting services. It drones on and on like a broken record making me cringe every time he brings up Southwestern Cons ...more
Aug 21, 2015 Silas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really should have checked into what I was getting here. This book has very little to do with procrastination, despite the title. It is an economics treatise about how rich people get richer, and shouldn't we all be just like them? Even given that, the content of the book was rather like sitting through an unneccessary meeting at work where everything that is being talked about is something that you already know. This is not something that I would wish on anyone. In the author's own words, "An ...more
Jun 02, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
This was the selection for the business book club meeting I lead. It is a quick read and has good information. Each chapter has a summary at the end -- useful to busy entrepreneurs as a way to know which parts they would like to return to for more in-depth reading on the topics. The idea of procrastinating purposefully has made for interesting experiments within my own small business. I especially enjoyed the case studies highlighting different aspects of the ideas. Some of his permissions are e ...more
Joseph Iliff
Jul 21, 2015 Joseph Iliff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-growth
I really enjoyed this book. Rory has packed this book full of wisdom about how to make decisions about what to do with your time. I have not read all the time management books out there (who has the time to do that anyways?), but I've read more than a few. Many of them have never really clicked with me. I found their methods too complicated, and too restricting. So, I was a bit skeptical going into POP (as Rory calls it). But my fears were not appropriate. POP's method of the focus funnel very m ...more
Olivier Novel
Feb 08, 2016 Olivier Novel rated it really liked it
So, I read Rory's first book, which he says should've been his second book, and I had to keep going to see what he meant on his TED talk. Now there's something new and fresh at leas when contemplated against all what's out there for better time utilization, not management because we can't manage something that only flows and cannot be harnessed like a river with a dam. In this book Rory incorporates a new dimension, literally, to our views of how we choose to concentrate our efforts, how we prio ...more
Bréana  Moreña de Santos
Dec 08, 2015 Bréana Moreña de Santos rated it really liked it
I am a Rory Vaden fan! His story in Take the Stairs was pretty inspirational. What I like about POP is that there are some really great tips that you can put into practice immediately. However, this book could have been condensed into an article easily. All in all, I will definitely reference the book again to make sure I didn't miss a good point in the midst of a story line. Good book for executives and upper management specifically, possibly even sales. It has helped me to delegate a bit more ...more
Dan Davidson
Feb 12, 2015 Dan Davidson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I don't give many 5 stars, but this book meets that standard. It has some very good tools and concepts to improve how to work every day. The concept of significance vs urgent is key, and he lists questions to help determine the difference. He also hit the mark on the sequence of eliminate, automate, delegate, procrastinate, and concentrate. The stories and examples help to flesh out the concepts into actionable items. Highly recommend this book, especially to those who manage people.
Samuel Mosley
May 13, 2016 Samuel Mosley rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2016
Through the beginning of the book little good information is presented. The author spends a long time explaining compound interest and selling his company and software that he is a certified reseller for.

The most important piece of this book in summary is "Automation is to your time as compound interest is to your money".

The key information and points given are good but they are shrouded behind a sales pitch for his consulting company and software that he resells.
Dwight Anderson
Jan 09, 2015 Dwight Anderson rated it it was amazing
I'm finished with Procrastinate on Purpose: This is a breakthrough book for me! I got an advance copy and he also provided a workbook to help implement this new strategy. He also has some bonus videos. I highly recommend this for anyone like me who has been needing help in getting back more time. the five areas he talks about are: Eliminate, Automate, Delegate, Procrastinate, or Concentrate and do it now.
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