FROM THE ARCHIVES

I was overwhelmed with accumulated work when I returned home from America, but fortunately remembered a great technique to get more out of the day. The moment I put it into practice again, everything went smoothly. And guess what – it was a technique I wrote about in one of these newsletters 14 years ago.

Fourteen years ago I wrote:

In the early 20th Century, Carnegie was one of the wealthiest men in the world and he was talking with Schwab (a management consultant) about working more efficiently.  Schwab told him to list all his outstanding jobs on a piece of paper and then number them in order of priority.  Once he had done that, he had to work on nothing else but the one marked number one until it was finished.  Then he could proceed to number two and so on.  Carnegie found this information so useful that he wrote Schwab a cheque for US$25 000 on the spot.  That was a huge sum in those days.

The technique is devastatingly effective, the hardest part of it is writing the list.

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