The Power of Six

On September 16th, 2010, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 0 Comment

Is your “to-do” list longer than your arm? One of the things I loved about my PDA when I first got it is how easy it is to move tasks from one day to the next. Now it’s one of the things that I dislike about my PDA.

My friend and mentor Patricia Drain taught me a better way: The Power of Six. I’ve gone back to paper for this. A small card sits on my desk in a little clip stand. Each day I write on it the six things – just six – that I plan to complete that day. The catch is that Patricia says that I can’t go on to #2 until I finish #1! So if #1 could take all day, I need to plan to work it for an allotted time – like 15 or 30 minutes. So my #1 goal might be work on my marketing plan for 15 minutes. That might also be my #6 goal, to revisit that project for another 15 minutes. In the meantime, I’ll hopefully being accomplishing #2, #3, #4 and #5 on my list. If not, they go on the list for tomorrow or the next appropriate day.

If you’d like a copy of our “The Power of Six: Do It!” card, send me an email at and we’ll send you some via snail mail.

P.S. If you have an organization that would like Carolyn to speak on The Power of Six, just let us know.

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