Find Me and AZ-STAR, a unique team of search volunteers who are coming from Arizona, almost couldn’t make it this weekend because the hotel they’re trying to arrange for accommodations changed their rate. I’m really glad that Detective Gordon from the Burbank Police Department helped out these groups to negotiate a better rate in a different hotel which is the Holiday Inn.
I had an interesting discussion with a family friend last night. She told me that when she deals with her own problems, she prioritizes the things that she needs to do depending on the role which is the most important for her – as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, as a sister, as an employee, etc. She advices me that I should put out the small fires first one at a time before it becomes a bigger flame rather than putting out the big one which I needed more help with.
What works for me so far is having a list. I would have a Master List of the things that I needed to do for a certain period of time. Then everyday, I would have my 6 most important things list. It’s really hard at times because I would like to be done with everything on my Master List. And sometimes, just looking at my Master List seems so daunting. That’s why I think the The Six Most Important Things is really important. It’s one step at a time.
I learned this from the book ,”Mary Kay: You Can Have It All : Lifetime Wisdom from America’s Foremost Woman Entrepreneur “:
Around 100 years ago, Charles Schwab, president of Bethlehem Steel, wanted to increase his own efficiency, and of the management team at the steel company. Ivy Lee, a well-known efficiency expert of the time, approached Mr. Schwab, and made a proposition Charles Schwab could not refuse:
Ivy Lee: “I can increase your people’s efficiency – and your sales – if you will allow me to spend fifteen minutes with each of your executives.”
Charles Schwab: “How much will it cost me?”
Ivy Lee: “Nothing, unless it works. After three months, you can send me a check for whatever you feel it’s worth to you.”
Charles Schwab: “It’s a deal.”
The following day, Ivy Lee met with Charles Schwab’s management executives, spending only ten minutes with each in order to tell them:
Ivy Lee: “I want you to promise me that for the next ninety days, before leaving your office at the end of the day, you will make a list of the six most important things you have to do the next day and number them in their order of importance.”
Astonished Executives: “That it?”
Ivy Lee: “That’s it. Scratch off each item after finishing it, and go on to the next one on your list. If something doesn’t get done, put it on the following day’s list.”
“Each Bethlehem executive consented to follow Lee’s instructions. Three months later, Schwab studied the results and was so pleased that he sent Lee a check for US $35,000. At the time, the average worker in the US was being paid $2 per day.”
Not ninety nine things. Just The Six Most Important Things. Each “thing” is not an entire project, but it’s a do-able task. Every day. It’s hard but it’s feasible.