Turbo Charge Your To-Do List

Like most people, I bet you keep a to-do list, but how effective is it? Do items actually get accomplished and crossed off or does the list seem to grow more than it shrinks? Is there any order to your to-do list? Do you prioritize it?

I have always used a to-do list but it wasn’t until I learned this powerful technique to manage it that it became such a powerhouse of results.

A long time ago, a man named Ivy Lee met with Charles M. Schwab who was then the president of Bethlehem Steel. Ivy was trying to sell Schwab on his services that would ultimately make the steel company’s employees more efficient but Schwab was not interested in his services as he believed his company was already as efficient as it could get.

Not wanting to give up, Ivy made a proposition to Schwab. He offered him a free tool and if he used it for 21 days and found it to be effective, then he could pay Ivy whatever he felt was appropriate.

Schwab agreed and Ivy told him this:

“At the beginning of every single day, or better yet, at the end of the day before the following day, take out a piece of paper and write down the six most important things you need to achieve your objectives on that particular day. Put them in order of importance, one being the most important, two being the second most important and so on.”

“Starting tomorrow first thing, start on item number one. Do not go onto item number two until you have fully completed item number one. Then continue in succession with each number. If you get to the end of the day and have not completed your full list of action items, then roll over your actions to the next day. If five and six are left one day, they automatically become items one and two for the next.”

As the story goes, it worked and Charles Schwab sent Ivy a check for $25,000 at the end of his first month using that system and Bethlehem Steel became the largest steel producer in the world.

I suggest this method to all of my clients who are trying to get a handle on everything they need to get done and it works. I even use it myself. This process has been used by many successful business people with great results. If it works for them it will work for you too.

Give it a shot and turbo charge your to-do list using this method.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado


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