Eisenhower Matrix

The Eisenhower Matrix is also known as the Urgent-Importance Matrix.

It serves as a time management tool that prioritizes tasks based on their urgency and importance.

Invented by Dwight David Eisenhower, who was a five star ranked general and served as the 34th president of the United States

Four priority levels

1. Urgent and Important (Do)

  • Tasks with a clear deadline
  • Tasks that come with consequences when they are not executed


2. Not urgent but important (Schedule)

  • Tasks without a clear deadline 
  • Tasks important for long-term success but don't require immediate action 


3. Urgent but not important (Delegate)

  • Tasks outside your specific skill set 
  • Tasks that need to be done for short-term success


4. Not urgent and not important (Eliminate)

  • Tasks that in fact waste time 
  • Tasks that distract you from attaining long-term and short-term success


How to use


Step 1: Determine 

Write down all the tasks that are in need of completion. 


Step 2: Categorize

After determining all tasks put them in the designated part of the quadrant according to their priority. 


Step 3: Act

Complete tasks from the first quadrant.

Schedule tasks from the second quadrant.

Delegate tasks from the third quadrant.

Eliminate tasks from the fourth quadrant.


Step 4: Review

Take time periodically to reassess your tasks and priorities, this ensures that you focus on what truly matters.


Remember, being active doesn't necessarily mean being productive, the Eisenhower Matrix is your perfect companion to stay on the productive course of your activities or business ventures.


Efficiency gets realized when tasks are prioritized

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