Ever had one of those days where you feel like you’ve gotten nothing done, even though you were working all day?
I’d be willing to bet that every entrepreneur has felt that way a time or two. So don’t feel like the Lone Ranger. Even the CEO’s of large companies have dealt with this challenge.
One day back in the 1920’s a man named Ivie Lee was talking to the head of a large corporation.
Lee’s expertise was in efficiency. He told the CEO that if he gave him the opportunity, Lee could show him how to run his company better.
The CEO replied “We already know how to run our company. If you could show me a way to get it done better, I’d pay you anything you ask, within reason.”
Lee agreed, and told the CEO to take out a blank sheet of paper, and write down the 5 or 6 things that the CEO would like to accomplish the following day.
The CEO did as he was asked, which only took a few minutes.
Lee then instructed him to prioritize the items he’d written down, and rewrite them in order from most important to least important.
The CEO complied.
When he was finished, Lee said “Tomorrow when you come into the office, put that list on the desk in front of you, and begin working on the first task. Let nothing interrupt you, and continue on that task until it’s finished. When the first task is completed, move on to the second task, and work on it the same way you did on task 1. Continue down the list, completing each task in order, until you’re finished for the day.”
The CEO said he’d do that, and then asked “What if I find that I haven’t finished all of the tasks at the end of the day?”
To which Lee replied, “If you haven’t finished all of your tasks, you can simply repeat the exercise of making your list, adding the unfinished tasks to tomorrow’s list.”
Then he added, “If you didn’t finish all of your tasks using this method, it’s unlikely you’d have finished them using any other plan. The main thing is, you’ll have accomplished your most important tasks every day.”
With that, the CEO thanked Lee and told him he’d try out his plan, and let him know how it turned out.
Three weeks later, the CEO sent Lee a check for $25,000.
I’m not sure what that would be worth in today’s dollars, but I think you’d agree that’s a lot of money.
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