Over the past two weeks, I’ve been working on the Homemaker’s Challenge at JoyfulMothering.net. The challenge is based on the book “31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way” by Sarah Mae… and let me tell you, the book is fantastic! (To read my review, click here.)
Each day there are two challenges to complete. The “Martha” challenge is a task to organize or clean something in your home. The “Mary” challenge is something that reaches your heart.
One of the assignments this week was about the $25,000 idea…
The story goes that a young consultant by the name of Ivy Lee told Steele Company CEO Charles Schwab, “I have a method that can teach your executives to manage their time so well, that your company will become 50% more effective.” Lee was so confident in his method that he didn’t charge a set price for the consultation. Instead he said, “Try it out for as long as you like and then send me a check for whatever you think it’s worth.” Schwab was intrigued and agreed to try it.
The method was simple. Lee asked Schwab to write down the 6 most important things he had to do the next day and then number them in order of importance. The next day, Schwab simply had to work on the item with #1 beside it. If he could get to the next item, fine. If not, fine. Each night he was to rewrite his list of 6 tasks, removing anything he had completed from the list and adding something else in its place.
Simple. Well, two weeks later Schwab sent Lee a check for $25,000, along with a note of thanks saying this was the most profitable business lesson he had ever learned. The company went on to make millions…
One of the “Mary” Challenges this week was to apply this lesson to our homes and to learn to manage our time more efficiently by working on our most important 6 priorities each day.
A lady on a farm has an unusual Top-6 List… I thought it would be fun to post mine!