May
01
2009

How to Get MORE Done… in LESS Time (Part One)

“Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things… I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:23 KJV)

This verse describes a parable Jesus told His disciples… about a servant who was responsible with the FEW talents his Master had left him. This servant in the end, MULTIPLIED what was given to him… and his Master told him to enter into his joy!

Do you ever find yourself working hard at your business… but at the end of the day… it seems like you never really get the most important things done? Do you sometimes bang your head on the wall… wondering how you could’ve spent 8 hours working… and all you “accomplished” was mailing a few letters and surfing on the Internet?

Then this is a MUST read for you!

We are responsible for the time that God blesses us with on this world… and that includes the time we spend working. If we are faithful with the “few” hours a day we have to make a living… I sincerely believe that He will RICHLY bless us in our time and in our business earnings.

The following is a story about a man named Ivy Lee… who revolutionized the business world with his SIMPLE, yet EASY way to seize control of our time while we are at work at our businesses…. Keep Reading…

About a hundred years ago, Charles Schwab was in charge of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in the USA. Things were not going that smoothly so he asked Ivy Lee, an efficiency expert, for advice for himself and his managers to help them be more productive.

Lee told him that he would increase his company’s sales and the efficiency of his management team if he could talk to each man for about 15 minutes.

Charles Schwab asked: “How much will it cost me?”

Ivy Lee replied: “Nothing, unless it works. After three months, you can send me a check for whatever you feel it’s worth to you.”

He spent ten minutes with each executive and told them to follow the instructions below:

1. In the evening, write down the six (6) most important tasks that need to be done the next day and arrange them in order of importance.
2. The next day, start the first task and finish it before starting anything else.
3. After finishing the first task, start the second most important task. Finish it and then start the third and so on.
4. After the day’s work, spend five minutes making a list for the next day. Unfinished tasks can be moved to the new list.
5. Do this for the next ninety days and check the results.

Ivy Lee’s plan worked well with the executives of Bethlehem Steel. Charles Schwab was so pleased with the results that he paid Lee $25,000 a huge sum in the early twentieth century.”

Time Management Steps that Work by John Watson

As Watson notes, effectiveness is about doing the most important tasks even if minor tasks get left undone. “A merely efficient person may get lots of tasks done, but they may well not be the tasks that move their life forward.”

Please read that last paragraph again… and again… and again until it sinks in.  “A merely efficient person may get lots of tasks done, but they may well not be the tasks that move their life forward.”

Part Two will come next Monday… and until then… be blessed!





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