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A century old productivity hack

The Ivy Lee method dates back to 1918, when Lee, a productivity consultant, was hired by Charles M. Schwab, the president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, to improve his company's efficiency. As the story goes, Lee offered his method to Schwab for free, and after three months, Schwab was so pleased with the results he wrote Lee a check for $25,000 - the equivalent of about $400,000 today.

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MORE IDEAS FROM A CEO and dad uses a 100-year-old strategy to get control of his schedule in just 15 minutes each night

  • The strategy works because it reduces "decision fatigue," saves you time, and forces you to prioritize your goals
  • This method removes the friction of starting a new task. By determining your most important task the night before, you eliminate indecision and time-wasting the next day, allowing you to be more productive when it's time to start

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Ivy Lee productivity method
  • The Ivy Lee method is a 100-year-old strategy for helping people become more productive at work
  • Under the Ivy Lee method, at the end of each night you write down your six most important tasks to accomplish the following day in order of importance.
  • The next day, you begin working on the tasks one at a time.

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Why Lee’s Productivity Method Works
  • It’s simple: complexity is often a weakness as it makes it harder to get back on track when unforeseen events happen.
  • It narrows the goals: If you have too many ideas or tasks trimming away what isn’t essential is key. Otherwise, you’ll commit to nothing and be distracted by everything.
  • It gives a starting point: Starting is the biggest hurdle to finishing most tasks. Lee’s method forces you to decide on your first task the night before you go to work.
  • It prevents multitasking: There’s scientific evidence that having fewer priorities leads to better work. Mastery requires focus and consistency. 

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The Ivy Lee method for peak productivity
  1. At the end of the day, write the 6 most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. 
  2. Prioritize those 6 items in order of their true importance.
  3. The next day, concentrate and finish only one task at a time.
  4. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
  5. Repeat this process every working day.

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...means getting more out of the limited time you have each day. It’s one of the cornerstones of productivity and once you know how to properly prioritize, it can help with everything from your time management to work life balance.

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