The Ivy Lee method has been explained as
- At the end of each work day, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.
- Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
- When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
- Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
- Repeat this process every working day.
James Clear explains this here.
This is similar to the Warren Buffett 25/5 method for longer term planning.
- List the 25 most important things to you.
- Select the top 5.
- Avoid doing anything in the other 20 until you’ve succeeded at the top 5.
Both force you to make hard decisions and focus on what’s really important to you.
Here’s what you need to know.
You can change your habits, your mindset, and your grit. Most people don’t tend to change, but you need to know that you can.
Are my decisions strongest when I am making them in the moment? … or when I have carefully considered and planned them?
Often, I get distracted from goals and plans because I make a different decision in the moment than I did when I carefully considered it. This doesn’t seem like the strongest strategy. I think that I need to have more confidence in my planning and then follow through.
When we are trying to be better, we usually focus on the decisions that we make. We hope that if we can just make better decisions, then we could be better people.
Habits, however, define much more of our day than our decisions do. The power of habit is part of the reason that changing our lives can be so hard. However, if we can understand how to change our habits, the power of habit can make change much more powerful and permanent.
Every habit you have has a
- Routine, and
You can take advantage of this to learn how to change the habits that shape your life. Start by looking at the habits that you have — analyze it. What is the reminder, the routine, and the reward? Once we identify the habit, we can start to think about how to change it.
You can take advantage of this to learn how to change the habits that shape your life.