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The Century Old To-Do List Secret

The Century Old To-Do List Secret

While many people write a to-do list to remember tasks for a given day, actually crossing completed tasks off the list is another matter. That's where the Ivy Lee Method can help.

Around the turn of the 20th century, Ivy Lee was best known for his work with the Rockefeller family and being a public relations pioneer. His timeless to-do list tips will ensure you're more productive, less stressed and (dare we say) enthusiastic about getting things done.

Stick with six. At the end of each day, write down the six most important tasks you must complete the next day. While you may have more tasks you want to add, limit yourself to six or less. An incredibly long and overwhelming to-do list is the fastest route to procrastination. If you need to do a "brain dump" to clear your mind, write everything else in a separate notebook. You can always refer to it later.

Rank tasks in order of importance. Analyze tasks according to actual priorities rather than what you prefer to do. Whichever task is the most important or most pressing should be first on the list.

Do the first task first. When you start the next day, hit the ground running with the first item on your to-do list. Avoid checking email, social media and voicemails (unless you're required to, of course). Concentrate full attention on your number one task until it is completed. Then take a short well-deserved break!

Complete the list. Focus on completing the rest of your list, giving each task your full attention. If you have unfinished tasks at the end of the day, place them on your list for the following day in priority order.

Stick to it. Repeat this process every day to maximize your productivity. Once you get the hang of it, creating your to-do list should only take you 15 minutes each night, but it will save you a ton of time each day.

If your to-do list has you feeling out of control, give the Ivy Lee Method a try!

Sources: Real Simple,

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