The Ivy Lee method was created in 1918 by Ivy Lee in response to an inquiry from Charles M. Schwab. Schwab wanted Lee to increase the productivity of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Lee met with with each executive for 15 minutes and explained his productivity method. After three months, profits were up so much that Schwab wrote Lee a check worth $400,000 in 2016 dollars. The steps are:
- At the end of the day, write down the six most important items to complete tomorrow (no more, no less).
- Prioritize these six items in order of true importance.
- The next day, concentrate on task one. Complete it before moving on to task two.
- At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to tomorrow’s list of six.
- Repeat this process daily.