Time Management: What Did You Accomplish Today?

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“So, what did you accomplish today?”

That is the question my husband asked me this afternoon. At first I was a little taken back, thinking to myself, “What do you mean? Are you saying I am lazy?”

Then I really got to thinking. What DID I do today? What did I accomplish today? I know I was busy, but did I really accomplish anything? And to be honest with myself, I had to say no. I didn’t accomplish anything today. Was I busy? Yes! Did I get the most important things done? Nope!

The next day, I decided that couldn’t happen. I don’t know about you, but I am a list maker. I make list after list after list. In fact I am the notebook QUEEN! I have tons of notebooks with scribblings of to-do’s or ideas that I have. And many times, despite all my lists, nothing is done at the end of the day.

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How do I make tomorrow different? How do I change so that at the end of the day, I can say with satisfaction, “Today was a Productive day!”

So I sat, thinking of my husband’s words. Then I remembered a book I read called “How to be the Wife of a Happy Husband.” And for those of you snickering- yes, I did read it and enjoyed it!  Did I use the information? Well that is for another post. In the book she wrote about something called the $25,000 plan. I loved this story:


(Charles Schwab courtesy wikipedia)

Back in the early 1900’s, Charles Schwab was the head of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Consultant Ivy Lee offered to increase the productivity of Schwab’s people, and he would let Schwab decide what the results were worth. Schwab agreed. Lee taught each executive to sit down at the end of each day, and create a list. The list must contain only the six most important things to be completed the next day. Each morning, they should start the day by working on the first item on that list, and not move on until it is completed. After a few months of seeing results, Schwab sent a check to Lee for $25,000.

Our most valuable resource we have is TIME! In order to be successful with your time, you MUST begin with your 6 Most Important Things List! We all wear different hats each day, and sometimes it is really hard to get everything done. In order to successfully manage your time, I want to encourage each of you to:

  • Make your list out the night before
  • Use a spiral notebook about the size of your datebook for your to-do list
  • Only your 6 Most Important Things go on the list (OR you can write down all your to-do’s, but highlight or mark your 6 Most Important Things as a priority)
  • Do those 6 most important things first and completely
  • Use the facing page each day to record phone messages so that you have a full view of your day at all times – along with what you are accomplishing

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No more lost pieces of paper or a Kizillion notebooks!

I can’t guarantee $25,000, but I bet we would be amazed how, when we manage our time wisely, our money management will follow. My goal for us?

To be able to say, “I had a Productive Day! I finished my 6 most important things list!”

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  • Candace Briley,

    Great idea! Sharing this information with my team on our call in a little bit. 😉

    May 1, 2013
  • Hope,

    Well I think I had a good day. I ordered my business card make orders for myself plus go sell. Checking on a place to have plexus beginning party. So I’m proud of myself. This home business is some what confusing and really I think that I’m over thinking it. I’m hope I can a lot from you and Keith And Nancy Evans. So I hope you don’t mind I might call on y’all for information. Congrats on becoming Sapphire

    May 2, 2013

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