The Ivy Lee Method and the Warren Buffett 25/5 Method – Make Decisions

The Ivy Lee method has been explained as

  1. 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.
  2. Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
  3. When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  1. List the 25 most important things to you.
  2. Select the top 5.
  3. 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.