In 1918, Charles M. Schwab, president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation arranged a meeting with Ivy Lee, a businessman and highly respected productivity consultant.

Schwab wanted a way to increase his team’s efficiency and get more things done.

Lee asked him for 15 minutes with each of his executives.

Schwab asked, “How much will it cost?”

“Nothing”, Lee replied.

But after three months, you can send me whatever you think it was worth.

Lee spent 15 minutes with each executive explaining his daily routine for getting more done.

Here it is. For free.

How the Ivy Lee Method works:

  1. At the end of each workday, write down the six tasks you want to achieve tomorrow. Do not write more than six things.
  2. Prioritise the six tasks in order of importance.
  3. The next morning, focus solely on task number 1. Work on that until it is finished, then move on to task number 2.
  4. Continue this process through each task.
  5. If at the end of the day, if you have any tasks leftover, these will help form your six tasks for tomorrow.
  6. Repeat this process every work day.

And, that’s it.


Schwab was so pleased with the results that after three months he wrote Lee a cheque for $25,000 which is the equivalent of around $400k today!

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Why Does The Ivy Lee Method Work?

The Ivy Lee method is a 101-year old strategy for helping people get more done at work.

The productivity hack works because it’s very simple to do. It saves you time and it forces you to make decisions, prioritise and focus.

The most important thing to remember is to do your most important task first thing in the morning.

This is also known as “eating the frog”.

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

Mark Twain


Plan Ahead

By planning your day the night before, you can reduce decision fatigue and wake up the next day knowing exactly what you need to do.

Tameday Dashboard supports the Ivy Lee Productivity Method

With Tameday, you can set up and see your six tasks very easily, so you know what’s on for the day before it even starts. And if you don’t get them all done, it’s very easy to adjust the date to tomorrow.

Tameday is free to use so why not give it a go today, try the Ivy Lee Method and send your productivity soaring.


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