I’ll make no bones about it, I struggle with focus when working on my business. I’m often scattered and overwhelmed by everything I want to do. A recent post I read really brought this issue to light and now I’m going to do something about it.
I read a story of how more than 100 years ago Charles Schwab, president of Bethlehem Steel, hired Ivy Lee to help his company with efficiency. Lee told Schwab he’d need only 10 minutes with each of his executives and Schwab would only have to pay him if his advice worked.
Lee left telling Schwab to evaluate the effectiveness of his services in 3 months. And, at that point, send him a check in the amount of what he thought his advice was worth.
After three months was up, Schwab sent Lee a check for $25,000. Today, that would be $1,000,000, or more!
So, what could Lee have told Schwab’s executives in 10 minutes that was this valuable?
The $1,000,000 key
He told them this. At the end of work each day, write down the 6 most important tasks which need to be accomplished the next day.
Then, with absolute unyielding grit and determination, the moment you sit down at your desk or arrive at the office, start with number one. Don’t stop or go on to number two, until you’ve completed it. If the phone rings halfway through, leave it!
So, what this means is no checking email first. No reading blog posts first. No texting or tweeting before or during my six tasks. Turning off all notifications on my computer and turning off my phone. Growing my business and doing it successfully requires 100% commitment to this!
All those little distractions and tangents kill my productivity and focus. Even though it might only take a minute to check email or Facebook, it takes 10 or 20 minutes to get back in the grove I was in.
I’ve noticed if I check email first thing, I am reminded of the 20 things I’d like to do and start to feel overwhelmed. My mind becomes littered with those 20 things rather than the six that are going to affect my bottom line the most.
Join me in the experiment!
I’m committing to following Lee’s advice for 21 days and find out for myself if it works. I need you to keep me accountable because, here’s the thing. I know this will help my productivity. The challenge is going to be following through with it. This means not giving into the temptation of the little diversions of Facebook, Twitter, and especially email!
Will you join me? (Registration Closed)
If yes, join the rise365 Productivity Experiment Facebook Group (click “Ask to Join Group” at the upper right side of the group’s page). We’ll use the group to encourage, equip, and keep each other accountable!
Productivity Experiment Length: 21 days
Start date: Monday, October 8
End date: Sunday, October 28
Registration closes: End of the day Sunday, October 7 (Registration Closed)
Please note: Updates to the rise365 Productivity Experiment Facebook Group should be done after your six most important things! 🙂
Question: Do you want to take your business and success to the next level? Why not join me?