This story began when a president of a big steel company granted an interview to an productivity expert named Ivy Lee. Mr. Lee explained to this president that he could help him to a better job of managing his company. The president realized that he needed to take more action on what he knew. The president explained further that if you, Mr. Lee, could show us a better way of getting things done, we would listen to you and pay you anything you ask for within reason.
Lee went on to explain a simple, but very effective strategy that would take approximately 20 minutes a day. Lee gave the executive a blank sheet of paper and asked him to write down the six important tasks you want to accomplish tomorrow.
The next step that Lee explained was that you must then order those tasks by their importance to you and/or your company.
Now, once tomorrow arrives review that task list and focus on completing task number one. Don't bother looking at the others and just start working on the most important task. Do so until that item is completed. Then, you can move onto number two and work with that in the same manner to complete it. Continue in this manner with the rest of the items till you have to quit for the day.
Further more, don't worry if you only finish one or two items. The others can be added to your list for the next day. Continue to do this strategy for every working day. Lee then offered the executive to try this strategy for as long as he liked until he convinced himself of the value that it gives him and his company. Lee than asked the company executive to send him a check for whatever he thought the idea was worth.
A few short works after this meeting, the executive presented Ivy Lee a check for $25,000 with a letter stating "the lesson was the most profitable, from a money standpoint, he'd ever learned in his life." It was later discovered that within five years this was the plan that was largely responsible for turning this small steel company into one of the biggest independent steel producers in the world.
So, over the next 7 days I challenge you to take this one idea, the idea of taking things one at a time in order of their importance and sticking with the one task until it is successfully completed before moving on to the next task.
I feel if you challenged yourself to utilize this strategy for the rest of your life, you will be astonished at the order it will bring into your life, plus the speed at which you'll be able to accomplish more tasks that need to be accomplished in order of their importance.
So what are your thoughts? Was this post helpful for you? I'd love to hear your comments.