If you follow any of my social media, you know that I have a not-so-secret obsession with The Skinny Confidential. Lauryn, the founder of the blog turned empire, has every skin care and wellness hack on the planet, all while helping other women to channel their inner boss babe. So when I saw Lauryn had adopted the Ivy Lee method of prioritization, a hack that has changed my life in just one week – I knew I had to try it.
I actually follow tons of TSC’s tips, I don’t write as much about wellness here (really trying to help you ladies all get jobs, you know?!), but I knew all of Lauryn’s tips were legit. This one – I HAD to share with all my readers.
If you’ve followed T20S for a while, you’ve seen that I’m a bit obsessive with my time. Balancing a full-time job in Silicon Valley, my Riverdale addiction and spending time with my boyfriend/friends is no easy task. I’m constantly asked “how I do it all” and even wrote about it in this Instagram post (surprise: I don’t do “it all”).
The reality is, as I’ve started to grow this blog (tens of thousands of you are officially reading every month) – I’ve had to become smarter with my time. It probably looks like I’m working 24/7, but that ISN’T reality. Instead, I’m working smarter than ever and this prioritization hack has made that 100X easier.
I’m not f*cking kidding, this method will change your life.
Now you might be thinking: I work in an office. I follow other people’s orders all day and literally have no control of my time.
Well, I have news for you… I ALSO work in an office. My job is 100% client facing meaning that other peoples actions and needs completely define my day to day. I personally have adopted the Ivy Lee Method in my office, my blog, and my personal life and it’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever done for my mental health.
Suddenly, I have clarity in my day to day. You can even share these lists and methods with your bosses or clients for a gut check. Help yourself by prioritization in this list making task that’s so simple it can’t NOT work.
What Is The Ivy Lee Method?
The Ivy Lee method was created by Charles M. Schwab, AKA, the richest man in the world. I learned about it on the TSC podcast and have been doing it ever since.
This method requires you to write down the top 6-7 things you want to get done each day. That’s it.
Really. It’s that simple.
It’s important to only write a few things you want to get done each day because frankly, life is busy – and especially if you are doing more than one job (like me!) you won’t be able to get everything done.
At the end of every workday, I write down the 6-7 things I HAVE to get done the following day. I then prioritize these 6-7 things in order of importance and urgency. Know that some things will be important, and some will be urgent, and some will be both! Try and do the things that are urgent and important first.
If you don’t finish something that day, just move it onto the list for the following day.
How Have I Made This Work For Me?
You might be thinking, this method is so simple. Why is Becky writing a 394820392-word blog post about how amazing it is?
Well trust me, you must try this. Keeping your to dos short and simple is one of the best things you can do for your brain on a daily basis. It’s allowed me to actually FINISH things I needed to get done while keeping my headspace because well, I actually get things done. Make sense?!
The way I handle the Ivy Lee method for prioritization is a bit unconventional since I use it for my side hustle, full-time job, and personal life – so I’ve written down how I’ve adopted this method below.
With Multiple Jobs
I’ll be honest, in my head – there’s a LOT I want to get done. I mean, even right now I want to get a manicure, get a massage and drink a green juice, but I’m not doing any of those things. I’m writing a blog post.
When you have a variety of things on your plate, it’s essential you prioritize. If your one of those people who will literally get anxiety if you don’t write down everything you have to do – do it in a separate list. Do it in the back of your notebook with your Ivy Lee Method. And then every day, write down ONLY 6-7 things you want to get done.
Having No Control Of My Time
Part of being a total boss lady is being able to be flexible with change. If you are one of those people who is taking orders from other people at work (me too, babe) don’t trip. You’ll be on top of the totem poll soon.
Try using this method to write all the things you want to get done in a day. So for me, it could be, “Go to gym, clean my house, write 2 blog posts and respond to all emails”. This way, I’ve covered if something unexpected comes up.
With Different Types of Tasks
If your anything like, you are balancing a hundred things at once. How the heck would we all be successful in our side hustles otherwise?!
To tackle having a hundred different things in a hundred different areas to do, I like to color code my tasks. Which tasks require leaving the house? What about the ones that require deep thoughts on a computer? By doing this, I can organize my day where I’ll be most effective.
Make sense? I can’t wait to see how you use the Ivy Lee method!!! I hope it transforms your life like it did for mine.
So tell me, how do you prioritize?! Share your tips below!