Good Day all, had a day filled with 1 steps forward and 2 steps back motions, which made me a bit reluctant on doing this post. But although I didn’t complete what I had intended to before starting on this post, I thought to my self maybe I need a break from that and then come back to it. Well this podcast analysis will be my break from it and hopefully when my mind has been de-stressed enough I will go back later. Today’s podcast analysis is about procrastinating on purpose, it’s a interview between Todd Henry of accidental creative and Rory Vaden who is a best-selling author of the book take the stairs as well as the one he will be talking about today procrastinate on purpose. He is a time management coach and has done many seminars on this topic and I know a lot of us have problems with procrastination, I have a huge one because I should have started this blog some hours ago.
Here is the podcast link – http://www.accidentalcreative.com/podcasts/ac/podcast-rory-vaden-on-procrastinate-on-purpose/
- What is procrastinating on purpose mean? – 3:16
- (4:21) Multiplying time?
(7:01) Multiplier Mindset.
- Adding Significance to Stephen Covey’s time management matrix – 8:37
(10:13) Focus Funnel.
- Procrastination vs Procrastination on Purpose – 13:53
(15:07) Why as creatives its hard at times to get ourselves to do somethings?
- You’re always gonna suck – 17:46
- Start with Why Book and Tedtalk – 19:21
(20:14) Dave Ramsey’s Total money makeover.
- Whats the best advice your ever got? – 21:30
Key Points Taken
What is procrastinating on purpose mean? – 3:16
Anytime you are say yes to one thing you are simultaneously saying no to something else, so procrastinating on purpose is being intentional on the things that you are saying no to. To elaborate you are making sure that the things you are saying no to are things that don’t multiply your time, whereas the things you are saying yes to multiplies your time.
(4:21) Multiplying time? In the 50’s the technique that was applied to multiply your time was to do things faster, simple. But today despite having technology on our side to help us to accomplish things faster we still manage to not get all that we want done in the day. Efficiency has its point of diminishing returns. In the 80’s prioritizing was the new way of getting things done by organizing tasks by order of what matters most, but there is nothing about prioritizing that creates more time.
(6:14) Now Rory proposes multiplying time as giving yourself the permission to spend time on things today that gives you more time tomorrow. You have to shift from not making the importance calculation (thinking how much something matters), not making urgency calculation (how soon does this matter) and move to the significance calculation (How long does something matter).
(7:01) Multiplier Mindset. Instead of thinking of what’s the most important thing to do today or what is the most urgent thing i can do today, they start thinking what can i do today can create more time tomorrow. This enables you to spend your time on different tasks and over time it creates exponential and scalable results meanwhile obtaining more peace in your life.
Adding Significance to Stephen Covey’s time management matrix – 8:37
Dr Stephen Covey is the author of the habits of highly effective people. Rory explains how significance fits into the matrix as the z-axis. Y axis is importance, the X axis is urgency, the Z axis is significance which adds another dimension turning it from 2D to 3D. This means that not only importance is measured by urgency but it can be measured by its significance.
(10:13) Focus Funnel. We would use this to figure out what is significant when evaluating a task.
1) Eliminate – this is the top of the funnel.
2) Automate – this is the middle of the funnel.
3) Delegate – this is the bottom of the funnel.
When it reaches out the funnel it means that it must be done and can only be done by you, which leads to this key question –
Should I do this task now or can it wait until later?
If you have to do the task now that is known as:
4) Concentrate – which means you have to focus on this task until its done.
If it can wait till later that is known as:
5) procrastinate – And do it on purpose because there is a task that needs your attention, its kept above the funnel in a holding bay till you either give yourself permission to Concentrate on it or Eliminate, Automate or Delegate.
Procrastination vs Procrastination on Purpose – 13:53
Procrastination is waiting to do something that you know you should be doing it because you don’t feel like doing it or don’t wanna do it vs waiting because you are intentionally deciding now is not the right time. POP (procrastination on purpose) takes patience and planning to ensure the right priorities are taken care of before you indulge in activities where no intentional progress is made.
(15:07) Why as creatives its hard at times to get ourselves to do somethings? The reason is self-criticism, thoughts of it wouldn’t be good enough, or it’s not the time because I haven’t planned enough which makes us wait and wait for the perfect level of inspiration or the perfect idea which inevitably at times never comes. The more we wait the likely hood that we ever take action diminishes slowly over time because of the law of diminishing intent. Getting over this feeling is tough but Rory suggests you cultivate the habit of action by demanding progress, get ruthless and relentless and uncompromising. Say today I will make progress it may not be perfect but at least I made headway towards the end result. Also you should free yourself from demanding perfection because it thwarts your ability from ever starting. Success is not a straight and narrow path it has many zig zag motions along the way, failures occur and modifications are done to ensure progress.
You’re always gonna suck – 17:46
In most things you do you wouldn’t get it right away, you will suck, it’s the constant progress which will get you there. Rory talks about being your first steps in any endeavor will not be perfect but the consistency is the habit you have to embrace and when you become a success using the multiplier approach to your work will help you to procrastinate on purpose which will keep you above the workload.
Start with Why Book and Tedtalk – 19:21
This is Rory’s one of two books he recommends, this one because it has help them in so many areas of his business such as recruit and hire employees.
(20:14) Dave Ramsey’s Total money makeover.
This book teaches you how to get out of personal financial debt with straight forward, no beating around the bush strategies. Being out of debt frees you up and gives you opportunities to really live your life, without the worries you can then now explore your creativity.
Whats the best advice your ever got? – 21:30
“Success is never owned, its rented and rent is due everyday.”
These are the kinds of podcasts that I love to listen to, so much positivity and interesting tidbits to take away from it. The meaning of POP and how you can apply it to your life which can make a significant change in your productivity also add more time to do more things. Maintain a multiplier mindset as well as knowing the difference about allowing permission to be intentional in deciding what to do instead of waiting and not doing anything. Learning to abstain from self-criticism and to demand progress instead of perfection, which help you make positive action towards your goals. Knowing you will suck but with consistency you will be a success then when you arrive being able to commit to the work by using the multiplier approach. Finally to great books and a tedtalk that I am glad I was reminded about. Tomorrow I will definitely be doing on Simon Sinek, hope to see you there.