I swear after being sick with COVID for 3 weeks I have found myself struggling some days to get motivated. I have so much to catch up on and I put a jillion things on my to-do list and none of them get done. It feels too overwhelming so it's easier to just check Facebook.
One afternoon as I was aimlessly scrolling through Tik Tok instead of working, I came across this video about the Ivy Lee method. Here's a quick Facebook Live I shared with our Artsy members about how it works!
Or if you don't have time for the video, here it is in a nutshell:
In 1918 Charles Schwab (yes that Charles Schwab) hired Ivy Lee to come up with a strategy for helping his people be more productive.
It works like this - at the end of each night write down in order of importance your SIX (and only 6!) most important tasks to accomplish the following day.
The next day, work on the tasks in order one at a time only moving down the list once a task is complete.
Whatever tasks you don't finish move to the following day.
The strategy works because it reduces decision fatigue, saves you time, and forces you to prioritize your goals.
The story goes that Ivy Lee did it for free, but that Charles was so pleased with the results that he paid Mr. Lee $25K, equivalent to about $400K today!
If you're having trouble with your to-do lists I invite you to give the Ivy Lee method a try! I put together this handy task sheet to track your goals. I left the days blank so you could pick up anywhere in the week, and I only put 6 days because we need at least 1 day off with nothing to accomplish!
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