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Hey there, hero!
I’ve done videos in this series about organization and productivity, and there are always new methods to try on for size.
What about an old method?
A method for getting stuff done that’s over a century old?
Here’s what happened when I tried one on for size.
UPDATE: I now use a stack of index cards instead of the Levenger planner. Same process (get the top three items done first), cheaper supplies, smaller footprint on my desk.
Hope this helps!
Links to all episodes
One Step At A Time
Five Ways To Have An Excellent Coffee Date With Me
Five Ways To Have A Crappy Coffee Date With Me
Taking Advantage Of The Wisdom Of The Tribe
How To Be A World Class Complainer
The False Nobility Of The Struggle
Watch Out – The Rules Are Going To Change
“Show Me The Secret, Daddy!”
Coaching vs Consulting vs Facilitating
The Perils of Live Performance And Why Jeremy Kappell Should Not Have Been Fired
Let’s Welcome To The Stage…Failure!
Don’t Confuse Price With Value
Whiteboards In The Hallways
Go Wake Up Your Luck
Playing and Planning
The Two Things Most Talent Try to Accomplish Way Too Soon
10,000 Hours To Become Good At Something? Not Really.
The Curse of Knowledge
The Trick Charlie Munger Uses To Make Better Decisions
Everyone’s A Customer, Not Just Your Customers
“What do you mean, you’re a ‘process guy’?”
Pay Attention To Your Storytelling, Not Removing Your Breaths
How To Conquer FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
The Problem In Every Commercial Script
The Job In Every Commercial Script
The Secret In Every Commercial Script
How To Pick Your Stage Name
Voice Over Is REALLY Hard. Until It Isn’t.
Helping Make Resolutions Stick
ACX Jobs: They’re ALL SAG-AFTRA-Friendly
Non-Union? You Can Still Open An AFTRA H&R Account. What?
Who Says You Need To “Feel Like It?”
Are You Engaged?
Your Day Job Might Just Be Worth Keeping For A Bit Longer
Want To Learn Something Really Well? Teach It To Others
Don’t Confuse What Works With What You Like
The Lost Keys And The Microphone In My Elevator
My Insane Backup System Plus Two Helpful Tips
What Open Loops Are And Why They Work So Well
Two More Things For Which You Can Use Open Loops
Three Things Not To Say Or Do…When Trying To Learn Something New
Front Burner and Back Burner Project Management
How To Properly List The Accents and Dialects You Perform
My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 1)
My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 2)
A Simple, One-Word Decision-Making Question To Ask Yourself
How You Can Use The MVP Model As A Performer
How Lazy Can You Be?
Avoid The Struggle Porn
The Robocall Equivalent Of Unsubscribe
Saying Goodbye To A “Failure”
Making Your Links Irresistible
HTTPS Is Not Just For Banks – It’s For You
The Threat That Made Me Create a New Page For LAME
The Resource You Must Guard Most Carefully
How New Media Is Using The Oldest Ad Model Ever
“You Could Be Hit By A Bus!”
Killing Customers With Kindness
I Found Out What She Was Podcasting About
How I Answered Voices.com’s Inquiry
Turning Mountains Into Molehills
Motivation: Your Three Big Needs In A Cool Little Package
Go Ahead. Multitask. But Try It Like This.
The Prodigy Game Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment
I Don’t Want To Go Blind
What Fair Markets Are, And Why Voices.com Isn’t One
Trevor’s Three A’s From Apple On Killing Customers With Kindness
Getting Ready vs. Getting Started
You’ll Never Believe Who Got Rejected By Harvard
There Is No Failure, Only Feedback
Who Is Your Most Dangerous Adversary?
73 Videos In, My First Hater Appears
If You’re The Smartest Person In The Room, Do This ASAP
Your Glasses And Crucial Laptop Positioning Info
One More Insanely Over-engineered Piece Of Gear: My UPS
The Crazy Backward Way IKEA Prices Their Stuff
Voices.com Complained To YouTube That I Violated Their Privacy
The Gig Economy: RIP?
For Your Health: Not Perfect. Just Better.
Celebrate Your Isolation!
Mr. Wonderful Is Actually More Wonderful Than I Thought
Let’s Finally Close The Digital Literacy Gender Gap
The Guaranteed Way To Completely Avoid Criticism
The Two Things People Judge About You Within Seconds
Are You Committed? Or Just…Interested?
Audible Retail Samples: Why They Suck And Why It Doesn’t Really Matter
How To Voice Copy That’s Set In Italics
Dyslexia, And The Palindromic Poem. The Wha?
Increase Your Chances Of Being Seen And Heard On Facebook
Jamie Has Some Thoughts About Fiverr
Is Simply Discouraging Distracted Driving Enough?
“Young People Are Just Smarter.”
The Real Purpose Of The “Can You Hear Me?” Phone Scam
Beware Of Overkill
Laying Down The Perfect Slate
An AMA Preview: The Word “Ethnic” – A Slur, Or An Essential Adjective?
10 Rules of Profitable Self Discipline from Napoleon Hill
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 1)
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 2)
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 3)
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 4)
AMA Answers Part 5 Plus A Medical Warning
Last AMA Answers (#6): Gear, Services and Success
A 7-Word Reminder: “Don’t correct people when it matters little.”
Do You Have A Plan? And Is It The Right One?
What’s Your Next Big Move? Are You Ready?
Build Your Future On Your Own Platform, Not Someone Else’s
I’m Leaving Facebook: Why Groups and FB Live No Longer Spark Joy
Time To Accept That I’ve Failed At Something – Happily
Crowdfunding Without The Internet: Pulitzer And The Statue Of Liberty
The Amazing Power Of Recognition And Badging
Might We Have A Possible Cause For Alzheimer’s?
Why Podcasting And Radio Are Out Of Whack
Value Enthusiasm, But Value Persistence More
Ten Ways To Make Money With Podcasts Besides Ads
One Quick Question To Find Out How Important Something Actually Is
The Workflow For Producing These Videos (So Far) Part 1
Why Not Wade? And…Why Not You?
Audiobook Narrators: How Paymasters Work, And The One I Recommend
Why Gen Z And Millennials’ Love For Audiobooks Is Crucial
American Idol: It’s All About Story, Not Just Singing
Less Beating Yourself Up, More Talking Yourself Up
Resist Oversharing. Instead, Start A Dialogue.
Vocal Care: It’s All About What Works For You
3 Biases You Should Be Aware Of
3 More Biases You Should Also Be Aware Of
Wow. People Really Grokked Biases. Let’s Tackle Fallacies.
Three More Fallacies You Need To Watch For
What’s Your Imprint?
Fallacy Follies, Volume 3
Two Last Big Creativity-Crippling Fallacies
Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner
A New Lead Source For Performers: Voice Assistants And Smart Speakers
A Great Way To Handle Trolls and Haters
Quantity Does Not Usually Equal Quality
Is Facebook Truly A Monopoly? No More Than Microsoft Was.
Fear Of The Unknown, Or The Day Before My Surgery
A Strange Aspect To Performing That Should Be Cause For Protest, But Isn’t
Want To Grow? Don’t Go It Alone.
How Am I Doing? I’m Gobsmacked. That’s How Am I Doing.
Why I Give My Agents 10% Of Everything
Not Just Explainer Videos, But Video That Explain Things Spectacularly
Mental Floss To The Rescue: Skills You Can Pick Up On YouTube
What’s Better Than Willpower? Grit.
Regarding Apple’s App Store: Be Careful What You Wish For, Pepper
Of COURSE You Wonder What Porter’s Five Forces Are. Who Doesn’t?
Don’t Waste Your Time: Talk Shows Aren’t Meant To Be Fair
Sooner Or Later, I’m Really Going To Tick You Off
Just Because You Can Do Something Doesn’t Mean You Should
Wait, What? Audacity Records In The Background?!
Enjoy Your First Booking. Pay Close Attention To The Next Three.
Pattern Interruption And The Musicality Of Voice Over
Do You Still Have A Landline? Is It POTS? Wait, What’s POTS?
Increase Your VO Accuracy, And You’ll Increase Your VO Profits
Age Range Isn’t Really A Valid Metric For VO
What Is The Overton Window?
How To Stop Jealousy From Killing Your Progress
Even The Bible (And Game Of Thrones) Has One-Star Reviews
How Much Is Enough To Make Per Hour?
With Royalty Share Plus, ACX Makes Hybrid Stipends Official
Wait, Vices Can Be Good For Your Health?
What A Lovely Thing To Discover: Praise From CourVO
I Figured Out What I Provide: The Onboarding Performers Don’t Get
You Don’t Need Permission To Care Or Contribute
It’s Not Just You. It’s The Superstars, Too.
Do You Sometimes Think Irrationally? Maybe. Here’s How To Stop It.
The Struggle Of Announcer-y Versus Non-Announcer-y Voice Over
How My VAs Support Me And My Team
What Exactly Is “The Cloud?”
The Often “Most Difficult” Concept I Teach
Please Unsubscribe From This List. But Don’t Do This One Destructive, Lazy Thing.
Don’t Mistake The Joy Of Knowing For The Joy Of Doing
Why Giving Yourself Some Simple Homework Can Be Life-Changing
One Weird Trick I Do That Makes My Note-Taking Superhuman
The Worst Thing About The Biggest Money-Making Entertainment Category
What Can We Grab From A Schedule This Strict?
Get Better At Executing Today’s Plan By Starting Last Night
How To Create Useful, Organized Audition File Names
Where To Find Related PDFs For Audiobooks on Audible
I’m Halfway Finished. What Have You Valued Most? What Can I Do Better?
Our Digital Attention Span Is Incredibly Brief
“Serves You Right!” She Actually Has No Idea How Right.
Create A Safe Environment For Self-Improvement
Why I Use One Single Channel For Crucial Communication
The Even Cheaper AT-2020 USB Plus Microphone?
Fred Willard (and Billy West) On Quickly Creating Authentic VO Characters
Leo Makes Your Searching Spectacular
On Asking For Things Performers Can’t Do
How To Battle The Urge of “Efficiency”
One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain
Changing Audacity’s Sampling Rate To 48,000 Hz
10 Words Of Encouragement When You’re Stuck
One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain
Why You Must Wear Headphones When Recording
Two Cases Where You Might Not Want To Simply “Follow Your Passion”
Having Fun With Headphone Volume
Please Stop Rushing To Perform
Something To Consider: Everyone’s Internal Menu
One Crazy Key To Creativity: Pure, Unadulterated Boredom
For The Sheer Joy Of It
The Most Commonly Consumed Media Is…!
What’s Dangerous For Us To Care About
Please, Clever Copywriters…Stop Using This Term
Wait, Wait…What? They Actually Listened?!
Why You Should Take The Same Classes Twice
How Your Character’s Menu Informs Your Performance Choices
What Shouldn’t Be Your Metric For VO Success
Someone Awesome Who’s Also Rising To A 365-Day Challenge
Union Or Not, Start With Union Rates
O. M. G. Look What Matt Zurbo Did!
So Where Will That Huge Facebook Fine End Up?
The Root Words of “Typecast”
Avoid That One Obvious “That Worked” Sound We Make
Why Union Members Can Audition For Non-Union Work
200 Auditions. 1 Booking. A Ghost. Really?
I Can’t Do One Thing I’m Asked To Do Every Single Day
One Of Your Secret Weapons: Agility
Do Networking Events Make You Anxious? Let’s Fix That.
The Difference Between Mansplaining and Advice?
Project X Is Just About Ready. I’m A Bit Giddy.
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hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17th
and you may have noticed that I am
fascinated with systems I’m fascinated
with the ways to get things done and
I’ve tried or sampled or given my all to
a number of different ways of staying
organized and being productive and
setting up systems so that there’s a
logical progression and it kind of
fights all the time with the left and
right hand sides of my brain I kind of
get a charge out of being able to do
something artistic but doing it with a
process you know doing it with a system
that makes sense and I’ve tried
everything that’s come down the pike
stuff that’s been you know in the 80s
and the 90s in the 2000s in the the
second decade of the millennia and I
came across a method that I’d heard
about before because the name was
familiar to me and then when I was
reappointed with the story I thought
well I’ll give that a shot and so I did
so there was you’ve heard of Charles
Schwab now it’s known that names best
known as an investment advisory house an
investment service you can invest in
stocks and they can give you any way
Charles Schwab was an early 20th century
late 19th century early as twenty
centuries mogul and he approached a guy
by the name of Ivy Lee so Ivy Lee Ivy
why usually a female name but in this
case a guy Ivy Lee and he said look I
want to make my my people more
productive what can you do for me you
know and Ivy you know interviewed his
executives to find out what they were
doing which is always great and then he
came to him with this process he said
look this is how your people are working
and this is where I see it can get
and give it a shot and see what happens
and Charles Schwab said okay how much
how much did that cost me and he goes
you know what see if it works
and if after a few months it works for
you pay me what you think it’s worth and
he ended up giving him a great deal of
money a lot of money a lot of money for
those days hundreds of thousands of
dollars in today’s dollar and it’s
pretty simple and it kind of ties in
with what we’ve said in the past about
list building the night before when you
go to bed and then reviewing that list
and maybe adjusting it the next day but
it’s very specific and how you do it and
it’s analog it’s not digital it’s not
you could do it with a digital to-do
but there’s a joy in part of it that I
think is really cool and so I want to
show you the last three days or so of my
Ivy Lee method see these three little
post-it notes here that’s for each day
and if you’ll notice there is a an item
three items on each one in order and
they’re crossed off so remember that the
thing is you want to make a list of
things to do short not huge so that you
look at it you go huh but a list of
things that you definitely want to get
accomplished the next day you want to
put it on a piece of paper so that you
can put them in order so you do your
items but then you want to put them in
order I’m just peeling this off so you
can see what I’m talking about
notice how each one of those has a
number associated with it that’s the
order and then as you do it as you put
them in order make sure that you really
really critically look at that order is
this something I have to get done today
that absolutely goes up as number one or
number two is this something I really
like to get done today you know maybe a
little bit lower on the list and there
isn’t any room when you make the list
that short for stuff that hey I’d really
like to get it done but I can’t and the
good news is if you get all three things
done before noon just create a new list
that’s the that’s the cool part but as
you do each thing so you wake up the
next morning I woke up the next morning
and I had these things to do and as I
did them I cross them off so when you
cross them off there’s a psychological
thing that happens that’s really really
cool and by the way I took those I use a
I 11 jure 11 jure notebook for my stuff
and I put a little insert in the
legendre 11 ER notebook that is a set of
pads of different post-it notes of
different sizes that I can use and just
sort of call out things and as I do it I
just cross it off when I get the list
done I pull the the you know thing off
and I throw it away there is a sense of
satisfaction to that that isn’t the same
when you simply click a button to check
off what you’ve done so just like I
showed you with taking notes and having
to do is with the little check boxes now
what I do when I take notes is I
transfer those to that list and it’s
just little short things it doesn’t take
any time at all but it does get
everything in order and it’s really
so as you cross it off you you uh you
right through it you strike through it
and that really gives you a sense of
accomplishment now what happens if you
can’t get things done well all you do is
transfer it that night to the next day’s
list and you check again is this really
something that’s important do I have to
get this done today then it goes at
number one or number two right so it
follows through and it keeps you focused
on the stuff that really matters the
stuff that you need to get done first
the stuff that’s most critical and you
get that wonderful sense of satisfaction
of crossing it off when you’re done
crossing you know I love it I really do
and it’s been really helpful to me it’s
a-you know I’ve had a lot of things to
do over the last few months getting the
site up the new vo hero site up getting
prepared for the launch that’s that’s
happening starting tomorrow the launch
is happening starting tomorrow we’re
introducing a new class and a new set of
courses and a new way of discussing
things in the private faced it used to
be the private Facebook group now
private group on the website and yeah
there’s a lot of details to worry about
a lot of things that are that are going
on and this has really helped kept me
sane and I think I’m gonna keep using
this sometimes the old ways are the best
ways so let me know what you think of
this this is something that might be
helpful to you is this something that is
something that you do is it something
like this that you do it’s again called
the Ivy Lee method let me know what you
think in the comments below I’d love to
know what your thoughts are once you’ve
seen this and how it works and if you’d
like to get on my list well there’s a
box below that that says get on the list
and that’ll be my mailing list and I’ll
send you new things on a regular basis
on how to make your life more
spectacular when it comes to performance
voice over on camera staged commercials
etc and just in general making your life
easier on yourself and your success I’m
David H Lawrence 217th I thank you so
much for watching I’m excited about
tomorrow can’t wait and I thank you so
much and I’ll talk to you soon.