Friday, August 26, 2016
In 1918, publicity expert and consultant Ivy Lee significantly improved productivity at Bethlehem Steel by meeting with each senior manager for fifteen minutes each and dispensing only one instruction. The story has been told often, but the advice from this “productivity hack” is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. 1. List and number your top six priorities at every day’s end. 2. Work on these tasks the next day in the order of their true importance and don’t proceed until a task is complete. 3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 every day, moving any unfinished items to your new list. For this deceptively simple advice, Lee received the 2016 equivalent of $431,614.96.