Of course you are! Who isn’t?
In today’s age of jumping from one task right to another, and then getting pulled away to “put out a fire,” it’s a wonder we can get anything done at all!
While there’s all types of systems and methods, it’s best to follow the KISS (Keep It Stupidly Simple) principle. That said, I now present you with the Ivy Lee productivity method that Charles Schwab paid him $25,000 for in the 1920’s.
- Before you leave work, write down the six most important things you need to do tomorrow. Number them from 1 to 6 in order of importance.
- Go home. Leave the work at work! Spend some quality time with your family, work on you (reading books, writing something, have some fun).
- The next morning, pull out your list, and start with the first thing. Work at it until it’s completed.
- Move on to the next item, but only after you’ve completed the previous. Understand that interruptions will happen — it’s almost guaranteed. And that’s OK, just get back to your list as quickly as you can.
- Repeat. If you don’t finish you probably wouldn’t have finished anyway – when you realize this, you know when to say no to a new task (or give it to someone else).
There you have it folks! The stupidly simple productivity method that (hopefully) you can use to improve your productivity by 50% or better.
Let me know below how this method has worked for you, or if you have any other ideas.