Rory Vaden's book Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time confirmed a few of the things I already do and gave me a whole new way of thinking about time management.
I still LOVE time management and have used some form of time planner for over 30 years. For many of those years, including as I write this, I have used the Ziglar Performance Planner and will always use a written planner.
Rory writes about 5 Permissions which are:
Eliminate - The Permission to Ignore
Automate - The Permission to Invest
Delegate - The Permission of Imperfect
Procrastinate - The Permission of Incomplete
Concentrate - The Permission to Protect
The 2 Permissions I practice the most from Rory's list are Eliminate and Automate.
Because I have such a strong and clear God given Purpose for my life and Legacy I want to create, I ignore and eliminate most things that have nothing to do with pursuing my Purpose.
Things like media, television, news, traffic, weather, history, geography, politics and many other topics have nothing to do with my purpose of Encouraging people to think, speak, and act positively through the challenges of life and so I pay no attention to them either in my thoughts or my words. That frees up a lot of my 30,000-60,000 daily thoughts and my time to pursue my Purpose.
The other Permission I use to Procrastinate on Purpose is to Automate. In this amazing age of technology, MANY things can be automated so that you do not have to invest time every week or month doing them. Everything from birthday reminders, to bill payments, to social media posts to name just a few, can be automated so that it gets done without you having to think about or remember it.
Here are some of the parts of Procrastinate on Purpose that I underlined.
Newsweek reported that the average person spends 1 hour a day looking for stuff.
...the most successful people I knew never complained or even spoke about how busy they were. More than that, they never even seemed to let on to anyone about everything they had going on in their lives.
Your problem is not that you are too busy; your problem is that you don't own your situation.
according to a 2012 Nilesen report, the aver age American watches 48 hours of television per week.
You multiply your time by spending time on things today that will give you more time tomorrow.
Pete Wilson - Cross Point Church - Nashville, TN
I couldn't just ask, 'What do I want to accomplish with my life?' but rather, I had to define success in a more significant way. Finally, I asked myself the question 'What does God want me to accomplish with my life?' and everything changed.
What are all of the things that I can just eliminate?
Dave Ramsey's definition of gossip is "complaining or talking badly about anything to anyone who can't directly do something about it"
Next generation self-management and multiplying your time is as much about deciding what not to do as it is about what to do.
The average person will spend nine years of their life watching television.
Only 8% of all people consistently use a written detailed schedule of how to spend their time in a week.
Your highest obligation to other people is to be your highest self.
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 issue that's holding them back. In Procrastinate on Purpose Vaden presents a simple yet powerful paradigm that will set readers free to do their best work-on time and without stress and anxiety.
Self-Discipline Strategist Rory Vaden’s book Take The Stairs is a #1 Wall St Journal, #1 USA Today, and #2 New York Times bestseller. As an award-winning entrepreneur and business leader, Rory Co-Founded Southwestern Consulting, a multi-million dollar global consulting practice that helps clients in more than 14 countries drive educated decisions with relevant data. He’s also the Founder of The Center for the Study of Self-Discipline (CSSD).
Rory is the world’s leader on defining the psychology around modern day procrastination, called Priority Dilution™ - in fact, he coined the term. He speaks and consults on how to say no to the things that don’t matter, and yes to the things that do. His client list includes companies and groups such as: Cargill, The Million Dollar Roundtable, P&G, True Value, YPO, Wells Fargo Advisors, Land O’Lakes, Novartis, and hundreds more. His insights have recently been featured on/in: Fox News, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc, Fortune, and the New York Times.