“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”
The Eisenhower Matrix was created by Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States. Eisenhower was a very productive person. One of the reasons for his success in productivity was due to his famous Eisenhower principle, which helps to prioritise tasks by urgency and importance.
The Eisenhower Matrix allows you to identify which tasks are priorities and which are unnecessary. This allows you to see what needs to be done right now and what can wait (or doesn’t need to be done at all).
It may take a bit of time to get started, but it’s worth it since it’s a great way to organise your projects and manage your time.
Eisenhower’s method is to separate your tasks into four categories:
- Urgent and important (tasks to do immediately).
- Important, but not urgent (tasks to be scheduled to be done later).
- Urgent, but not important (tasks to be delegated to somebody else).
- Not important and not urgent (tasks to be eliminated).
Below is an example of what this matrix could look like:
Overall, the Eisenhower Matrix is great for decision-making, increasing productivity and decreasing distractions to help you get useful things done and achieve your goals.