What if we could multiply our time?
Yeah. Crazy. But think about it. What if there was a way to multiply more of our most precious resource: time.
There are many claimants to that title: most precious resource. Family, friends and meaning. Money, some say. But they all share one feature that disqualifies them as ‘most’ precious. That’s elasticity in their supply and demand, our supply and demand of the same. Sound harsh? True.
We have the resources to drive their quality and quantity, as we wish.
Time lacks that elasticity. Regardless of our desire for more time, our need for more time, we cannot conjure up more of it like we can conjure up a source for more meaning our lives or reinstill, renew, re-discover, recruit ... family and friendships. Until now, maybe.
I say this after reading Rory Vaden’s latest, most likely another best-seller, Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time.
I like the alliteration of Procrastinate, Purpose, Permission. There’s a purpose to procrastination if we’ll just permit ourselves to see it. And if we do, well, there’s a benefit. More time. More of that most precious resource.
Big claim, bordering on hyperbolic.
On the other hand, Rory and his book deliver on that promise. He offers all the essentials I expect in a good book and one I’m willing to review and invite the author to be a guest on my show. Rory’s a guest on Friday, January 16. You can listen here.
Nice Cover. Yes, I judge books by their cover and I’m proud of it, too. Rory’s book has a clean, focused cover. Title, fonts, his photo, Seth Godin’s ringing endorsement at the top. Good stuff.
Table of Contents. Table of contents are important to me. My habit is to open a business book and start reading. Could be on page 1 or page 50. I keep reading until I get bored or need context. To solve either, I turn to the Table of Contents.
Chapter Summary. He earns bonus points for how he ends each chapter with a Chapter Summary that includes Key Points, Unexpected Findings, Startling Statistics, Actions Steps. Let’s talk about that last one: Action Steps. His action steps are questions we should ask ourselves. Like at the end of Chapter Six: Delegate - The Permission of Imperfect. He asks: What tasks are you hanging on to that you need to let go?
What’s important isn’t Rory’s answer. Your answer to that question is what’s important. Your answer determines your action steps. Your answer makes those action steps obvious and doable.
Writing. He writes clear, crisp, keeps you moving, keeps the paradigm shifts simple, not simplistic, then swoops in with quotes and profiles or case-studies. These kept my attention focused, crisp and clear and present, real-time.
SOLUTIONS. All of this good-reading is useless without it delivering his title’s promise: Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time.
Get it. Read it. Multiply your time. Be happy. Be successful.