The Ivy Lee Method for Time Management and Why It’s So Effective
Throughout the years, time management has accumulated many rules and tricks. There are many methods and approaches to the art of time management, but one method has stood the test of time and efficiency: The Ivy Lee Method.
What is the Ivy Lee Method?
The method goes back to 1918, when Charles Schwab, president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, sought help with making his team more efficient. He scheduled a chat with Ivy Lee, who was a respected businessman and productivity consultant.
Lee agreed to help, free of charge if he could spend 15 minutes with each of Schwab’s executives. He said if the method worked within 3 months, Schwab could send him a check for whatever he thought the method was worth. Fast forward three months, and the method, although simple, was worth $25,000 in Schwab’s eyes. In today’s world, that’s the equivalent of $400,000.
- At the end of the day, every workday, write down 6 tasks that you think are important to accomplish tomorrow.
- Decide priorities for each of those tasks, ranking them in order accordingly.
- First thing tomorrow, get started on the first task. Work on it until you finish. Then, begin the second task, and so on and so forth.
- When you finish your day at work, look at your list. Any unfinished items should be moved to tomorrow’s list of 6 tasks for the day.
- Repeat this method every day of the workweek.
Why it Works
This method is simple, which is exactly why it works so well. With cell phones, social media, and all other forms of advanced technology, we’ve become activity addicts. As a society, we’re often restless and antsy to do a million things at once. This practice is known as multi-tasking. Sound familiar?
We used to believe that multi-tasking was the most effective way to work. But neuroscience has now proven that it is the exact opposite. We get less done in more time and end up frazzled at the end of the day. It can take our brains up to 25 minutes to get back into a work rhythm when we’ve been interrupted. When we multi-task, we never allow ourselves to get into a rhythm, which kills our productivity and stresses us out needlessly.
The Ivy Lee Method is straightforward and goal-oriented. It keeps you on track so that multi-tasking and distractions don’t interfere with the important stuff. It provides you will the kind of laser-focus that will help you get through your work tasks without breaking a sweat.
Be the Master
of Your Day
What if you could finally master your time? You would see yourself make more, have more time with your family, and achieve more.
By managing time effectively, you will experience less stress and a gain a better sense of stability in your daily life.
This enables you to let go of thinking about unnecessary details in order to focus on what is truly important to you.
These strategies will help you make the most use of your time, be the most productive, and live a more fullilled life!
No better time to start then now!
Common Sense: Time Management
Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock. When you’re always rushing to beat the clock, you probably feel unnecessary stress and tension, and you don’t realize it.
Guess what? You don’t have to put that stress on yourself. Being late isn’t the answer but developing an efficient time management system is a simple way to learn how to budget your time well. Time management is useful in all kinds of settings: work, home, social situations, etc. It affects all parts of your life.
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” — William Penn
William Penn was right. We all could use more time. Even when you’re bored, and you feel like you have too much time on your hands, there is always something you could be doing to fill up the hours of the day. The problem is, we don’t use our time well.
You have 86,400 seconds in the day. That is a constant, and you choose whether or not to use it to your advantage. That means every morning when you wake up, you have 86,400 moments ahead of you. The more you waste, the less you get out of your day.
If done right setting up a time management system is simple. Fortunately, it’s not an involved process, and it ends up giving you back a lot of time you could have lost otherwise. Sounds like a win-win!
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