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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Take the Stairs - a bold new way to get things done.

New York Times best-selling 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. Vaden presents a simple yet powerful paradigm that will set listeners free to do their best work - on time and without stress and anxiety.

©2015 Rory Vaden (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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I heard Rory Vaden give a TED talk. I liked it and so I looked for a book and found this one. Two reviews stood out that almost made me NOT buy it. One said that it was some sort of back door Christian book. Now, having read it, I disagree. It's Christian in the same way a book might be Hindu if written by a Hindu. I was not turned off by scattered references to faith or occasional biblical coloration. Rory is Christian and he doesn't hide it. It's part of his world view. It doesn't offend me. Second, another review said the book was lacking in practical ways to multiply time. I agree that the book isn't a set of codes and schedules that suddenly transform you by modifying your behavior. Rather it is a way of thinking differently about how you approach the tasks and schedules you already have. I really like the book and profited from it. If your role is one of a primary decision maker then you will benefit more than if you are someone in subordinate, less flexible roles where you aren't free to think for yourself. Nevertheless I think anyone would benefit from listening to this book.

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Changed how my co-workers treat me

I read a lot of self improvement books to try and learn from wise people. Procrastinate on purpose is full of small nuggets of wisdom that seem obvious in hindsight, yet revolutionary once you implement them.

Multipliers (people who get stuff done) give themselves 5 permissions.

Eliminate (ignore)
Automate (invest)
Delegate (permission of imperfect)
Procrastinate (on purpose)
Protect

I now understand how truly valuable my time is, and since I've stopped saying yes to all my coworker on trivial things, and instead focus on getting things done, I've noticed my co-workers want to talk to me more to get my ideas. People treat me as more of a leader, I feel less stressed and I've stopped overanalyzing my to-do list.

I seriously considered ignoring writing this review, but hopefully by encouraging you to read this book, I will have multiplied my and your time in the future.

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Unbelievably Great Book

I was shocked to realized how much of activity was counter-productive in the long run. As a domestic goddess I was task driven not time focused. I sent a gift certificate for this specific book to a friend of mine. She is a relatively new manager who can listen to it on her long drive to work. I can wait to hear what she thinks about it.

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Great how to strategies!

Perfect timing. Both the strategic and emotional processes. We can be so tough on ourselves-these permissions offer great insight. Thanks Rory, you did it again!

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Paying dividends from day one!

Change the way I looked it time. So much better then some of the other methodologies that simply try to get you to do more in less time. The biggest weakness of some of the other time management systems is that you have to be pretty good at making your own decision about what's important and in what order thing should be done. My struggle is always been how to decide what's most important. This book helps me filter through the massive list of possible tasks and sort out the ones with the most impact that need to be done now. Also some great new ideas on the value of time and the value of certain tasks relative to time and money, that will help shape my thinking in the future. Very enjoyable listen, will probably listen again soon.

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Thanks for letting us inside your world!

I feel the Book was fulfilled by sharing detailed information on how to get the most out of running your business. Its a must read /hear for anyone looking to gain more insight on where to start or how to change things for the better. Thanks again Rory for a book that been a Blessing to me.

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Great theories, very little practical how-to tips

Aside from plugging infusionsoft, very few examples of actual ways to multiply your time, took very academic approach and only discussed theories. They're good theories, but book probably could have been shorter without some of the fluff. A worthy read if you follow it with Less Doing More Living, and Four Hour Work Week for practical application tips

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Great insight but lacks detail

I really enjoyed the book. However he never actually describes how the framework would look. Eg should I use a list to manage the tasks as they go through the focus funnel and back again?

Also the Christian tangents are a bit unnecessary and annoying.

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It's a helpful book...read on...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I would say that the first portion of the book could have been cut in editing, HOWEVER; starting in Chapter 3 is better, Chapter 4 gets into the details of time mgmt. Eliminate it, automate it or delegate it....then he breaks that down even further. Also, hit home a little when he says we spend almost 48 hours a week watching TV... which could be spent with family or doing something constructive. Cutting out ALL social media during (work) concentation time is a really good idea. Set Chrome to block those sites durning work hours.

Would you recommend Procrastinate on Purpose to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. Instead of fleeing to "comfort" or time just relaxing, concentrate, work hard, keep emails short, cut gossip, cut social media, cut TV, stop talking to unreasonable people - they consume wasted time. All of this wasted time can be put into the 5 permissions, Family, Faith, Faculty (Work), Finances, Fitness and Fun. ....so much good advice and I am just up to chapter 5....

What three words best describe Rory Vaden’s performance?

On point, hits home.

Could you see Procrastinate on Purpose being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

Family, Faith, Faculty (Work), Finances, Fitness and Fun. Is it important? Is it Urgent? What can we eliminate, automate and delegate?

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Good points to make you think more about your time

Enjoyed the stories and good points with underlying message - what are you doing with your time now to free up time in the future. However, at times later in book found too much selling of things. Would have preferred here is a great resource to help with time management more in the appendix if interested to learn.

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