James Clear in his post about how to improve productivity using the Ivy lee’s method and why it works the way it works
The Ivy Lee Method
During his 15 minutes with each executive, Lee explained his simple method for achieving peak productivity:
- 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.
Read about how this works and why it works like no other from here.
Leo in his article named constant task switching Talks about how to stop wandering and gives some simple steps one can follow to get the Focus back.
I know I’m losing focus when I’m constantly jumping around from task to task.
This is a “red flag” for me — a sign that I’m doing something wrong. You’ve done it too: switching from one browser tab to another, opening various emails and other messages, checking on this and that. No focus, lots of stress, lots of mental exhaustion without really getting anything done.
The solutions he offers later in the article are minimal, clear and easy to put to practice.
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