The person who first started the search for the idea of a to-do list was Charles Schwab, the owner of a profitable steel business who wanted to make it more proficient, and, of course, even more profitable. As he was obsessed with economic efficiency, one day, he decided to let his employers know that he would substantially reward the one who could offer a great plan to increase productivity inside his steel factories.
Ivy Lee was the one who responded to Schwab’s call and he offered a simple, yet efficient idea: to have all the workers write down their lists of tasks, in order of priority, and then execute them every day, starting with the first, and ending with the last.
Today, people have more sophisticated ways at their disposal to create to do lists. Using computers, organizers and mobile apps, they can set their to do lists with ease.
Revised March 23rd, 2016
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To-do lists are, in brief, lists containing tasks that one must do in order of their priority. While today, we find to do lists to be an essential part of how we deal with everything we have to do on a daily basis, back at the start of the 20th century, such a concept was unknown.