Napoleon Hill and Ivy Lee on Effective Time Management – Part 2

Here is part 2 on effective time management with Napolean Hill and Ivy Lee.  This rounds out their approach to time management.  This is from the early 20th century, and is not some new-fangled technique.  I guess time remains the same as we move on (in our perception that is), so the strategies are really the same no matter what year it is (until we can step outside of our perception of time…  I guess that is how the masters manage their time…  They step outside of it…)  But for everyone else, we need the training wheels.  So here is the rest of the article.

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The Simple Time Management Method

This simple idea encapsulates all of the ideas within entire books and courses. Often these materials while presenting good distinctions and enhancements that are of value – tend to obscure the basic idea that Lee presented. The person studying the concepts get caught up with quadrants, matrix’s, and complicated prioritizing schemes – they miss the basics, the part that makes the whole thing of value to start with.

If you are new to time management or have a system that has overwhelmed you drop back to the basics and begin to draw your own distinctions, create your own rules.

Lee gave Schwab a blank sheet of paper and told him..

  1. List the six most important things you have to do tomorrow.
  2. number them in order of importance
  3. Take the paper out tomorrow morning – start with 1 and stay with it until completed
  4. Only then go to 2 and repeat until the end of day. If you don’t finish you probably wouldn’t have finished anyway – when you realize this you know when to say no to a new task or give it to someone else.

So there is your simple time management seminar that Schwab voluntarily paid what would be the equivalent of $250,000 for today. In essence it incorporates all the items that you can read entire chapters of time management books to understand. You will figure out the parts about avoiding interruptions and all the minutia.

If you are one of the people with more to do than you can accomplish you really need to read Napoleon Hill and take his messages to heart whether it be on time management or another topic. It is not some huge mass of rules and materials to memorize rather it is a belief system that harnesses your subconscious mind and causes you to reach out to others and form what Hill calls a “Master Mind.” The Master Mind is a team working together for a common purpose. Maybe it’s you and your spouse or a best friend to begin, maybe its a group at work. Each of you with six things to do tomorrow. Each of you helping the other see the important things – which on some days might be just to leave it and go refresh so you can be more effective when you come back to it.

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One Response to Napoleon Hill and Ivy Lee on Effective Time Management – Part 2

  1. Rick says:

    Great article, thanks.
    I like the story of Ivy Lee and Charles Schwab. If you really think through it, it is a really smart time management system.
    I wonder, if Ivy Lee is on the list of men in Napoleon Hill’s famous book “Think and Grow Rich”. I am sure, Charles Schwab is on it.

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