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Cracking Productivity Using the Ivy Lee Method

May 07, 2019

Cracking Productivity Using the Ivy Lee Method

Ivy Lee was a businessman and productivity consultant working in America in the early 20th century. He developed a powerful method for increasing productivity. In a recent article, author James Clear examines the Ivy Lee Method and breaks down why it is so effective. 

What is the Ivy Lee Method? 

Ivy Lee’s method requires a simple daily routine. At the end of each workday, record six important tasks you need to accomplish the next day, prioritizing them by importance. Upon getting to work the next day, start in on the first item on your list. Complete it, and move on to the next task; then the next. If you don’t finish your tasks, simply move the unfinished items onto the next day’s list. Repeat daily.

 Why is the Ivy Lee Method so Effective? 

This straightforward method yields fantastic results. Why? 

  • Because it is simple. It allows you to focus and stay on track. Yes, it’s true that sometimes exigent situations develop, but with the Ivy Lee Method as your default, it’s easy to return to your work after dealing with unforeseen circumstances.
  • Because it requires decision-making. Rather than reorienting yourself every time you switch tasks, with the Ivy Lee Method, you always know where to start and what’s next.
  • Because it makes getting started easy. Since you make the decision about what to work on the day before, you can dive right in at the beginning of each workday.
  • Because it avoids multi-tasking. Though many glorify multi-tasking, studies show that greater focus results in better work. The Ivy Lee Method promotes this single-minded approach to work. 

For more details, read the article in full at James Clear.