This 100-year-old productivity secret can help you attain …, well, you know it.

Nowadays, being productive is the new morphine. Download this app! Buy this planner! Try these hacks! And the list goes on… They say the older the wine the better it is. The Ivy Lee Method is well over 100 years old, but it has suddenly caught up again with millennials today.

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How Do I Become More Productive?

In 1918, productivity consultant Ivy Lee, who was also considered as one of the pioneers of public relations, had a meeting with billionaire Charles Schwab. He was looking for a business strategy to boost the productivity of his workers. So Lee told Schwab about his five-step method, and demanded that Schwab pay him whatever he thought was worthy of it after three months of using his strategy. Nine days later, Schwab paid Lee … (that’s equivalent to $400,000 if adjusting for inflation).

The Ivy Lee Method

Without further ado, here’s the five-step Ivy Lee Method:

  1. Write down the six (and no more!) most important things you need to accomplish the next day at the end of your workday.
  2. Put those six items in order of importance.
  3. Concentrate only on the first task when you get into work the next day, then move on to the next item once that’s completed.
  4. If you don’t get to all six tasks, move the remaining tasks to your new list for the next day.
  5. Repeat this process every working day.

Now that you have it down, hear from someone who swears by it in the video above.

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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Fri, Aug 16, 2019.


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