Revolutionize Your Productivity With These Easy-peasy Tips
Back in 1918, Charles Schwab hired one of the most well known productivity consultants, Ivy Lee, to boost his team efficiency.
According to the tale, Ivy Lee spent 15 minutes with each of the firm’s executives and told Schwab that if he saw results, to pay him in 3 months “for whatever you feel it’s worth to you.”
Here’s the Method Ivy Lee told each executive:
1. At the end of each day write down the 6 (no more) most important things that need to be done the following day.
2. Prioritize each task by the order importance.
– Next day, start on the first and most important task and work on it until it’s finished. Do not start the next task until the first one is done.
– Do the same for every remaining task on your list. Any tasks not finished by the end of the day, move them to the next day’s task list.
– Do this every day.
The strategy sounded simple, but Schwab and his executive team at Bethlehem Steel gave it a try.
After 3 months, Schwab was so delighted with the progress his company had made that he called Lee into his office and wrote him a check for $25,000.
A $25,000 check written in 1918 is the equivalent of a $400,000 in today’s time.
So why does this simple method work?
1. It’s simple. Complexity is often the enemy of taking action and creativity.
We have a tendency to add more complexity into our lives, or chase the latest productivity hack, mobile app or just an excuse.
2. Distractions will always come up. These things need to be dealt with quickly so that your can get back to the list. Often distractions are the main thing that is ruining out productivity, much more than lack of willpower, motivation or goals.
3. This method forces you to prioritize and cut out things that aren’t important.
Six tasks isn’t some magical number, in this case it just serves as a limitation. Limitations are good sometimes because they force us to prioritize our energy and time.
There’s only so much we can get done, and often we’ll use these less important tasks to procrastinate on the big ones.
This is why the Ivy Lee method is so powerful, you have to pick only 6 things for the next day.
Alternatively what most people do is to try to get 50 things done.
And in reality if you commit to nothing you’ll be distracted by everything.
Also by planning your list the day before, you now exactly what you’re gonna do the next day and you don’t need to decide throughout the day what to do.
4. Lastly this method really works for me because it’s focused on single-tasking.
Multi tasking is a myth, we as human beings can’t multitask.
Our minds work best when they can focus solely on one thing, despite all the ballyhoo about how multi-tasking keeps you busy and allows more to get done.
You’re busy, all right, but the results aren’t going to be your best. on exactly what they need to be doing to achieve excellence.
Try this method today, so that tomorrow morning, you can start with the most important thing you have to do.
Write out your 6 things, prioritize them and focus on the number 1.
You’ll notice a big difference in your productivity and you’ll be able to get more things done faster.
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