Monday, April 16, 2012

The Six Most Important Things List

Have you ever heard of 'The Six Things I Must Do Tomorrow?' A long time ago Charles Schwab, president of Bethlehem Steel wanted to increase the company's efficiency. He hired Ivy Lee, an efficiency expert, in hopes to increase productivity. Long story short Ivy instructed Charles and his employees to make a list for tomorrow. They were to list the six most important things they needed to do the next day, and number them by importance. They were to cross each item off the list when it was finished (1-6). If something does not get done today, it goes on tomorrow's list.

This worked for Bethlehem Steel, and also earned Mr. Lee what would today be equivalent to more than a quarter million dollars ($25,000 in 1920). May Kay also implemented this technique in her business.

What does this have to do with Theresa's To-Dos? Well, for a couple of weeks I have been writing out my list (sometimes it has ten things to do, hey I like to have options). Then during nap time, when dad gets home, or any other time during the day I try to bust through the to-do list.

It works for me, I like being able to see that I actually did accomplish something during the day. The only problem I noticed is that I really like crossing things off. For most people this would not be a problem, but God did not make us all from the same mold... I tend to start and mostly complete something, then cross it off. Start the next thing, mostly finish it, cross it off. Notice a pattern?

My resolution: I will not allow myself to cross anything off the list until it is finished.

Monday's To-Dos
1. Laundry, which means I have to put the clean, folded clothes away before I can cross it off the list.

These are usually stacked up all over the house. (Laundry is done right?)
2. Vacuum, which means I have to empty the canister, and put the vacuum back in the closet before it is crossed off.

This is normally where the vacuum gets left. (It belongs behind that door.)
3. Mop downstairs, same as above, put the steam mop back in the closet.
Out of shame I am not posting more pictures. I think you get the idea.
4. Make potato bread, this means the bread machine is not allowed to sit on the counter for a week, only to be moved to the top of the refrigerator, when the bread machine actually belongs in the cupboard.
5. Make ranch dressing, crossing this one off will not  be too hard since I have been really good at doing the dishes every night.
6. Fill diaper box with stuff for garage sale- this one has been pushed from day to day for a couple of weeks now. I tend to procrastinate when it comes to de-cluttering. But since we have twins in diapers, we have a lot of boxes, might as well put them to good use.

Wish me Luck!

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