The Daily Six

How do you determine what gets done in a day? Do you have a structure that helps keep track of the. important goings-on in your household?

For years I've been task oriented. I would write all the things I need to get done in a day in the flow of which I believe they will be completed. (To also ensure I felt somewhat accomplished in a day I would often also included silly things like "write the daily list" or "get dressed.") Call it ridiculous but taking the time to both write out and cross those simple things off the list does make you feel better.

Unfortunately, it became exhausting over time because there were simply too many things on my list.

A few years ago I was introduced to The Daily Six.

The Daily Six - also known as the Ivy Lee Method - encourages you to write only six items on your list.

The important thing to also note about this method is that you write out your six items the night before. When writing them down, place them in order of importance with the most important at the top of the list. Take the time to finish the first task in its entirety before moving on to the next.


I would say that items on your list could be as varied as mine. I include work related entries, things to be done around the house, something important I want to do with my son, and more. Also to note, if you're anything like me, you might have to purposely schedule in your down time. If I don't write down that I need to take time read, do yoga, or garden I won't do it and end up finishing the day ridiculously stressed.


Take some time to determine what your Daily Six might look like.


You might be surprised how quickly you can accomplish your tasks.


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