Looking for a way to visually prioritize and organize your tasks? The idea of categorizing tasks by urgency and importance is credited to President Eisenhower who is quoted as saying, “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.” Utilizing the Eisenhower matrix requires that you ask yourself two very simple questions about your tasks: 1. Is it important? 2. Is it urgent?
Based on this, every task will end up in one of four categories: urgent and important, not urgent and important, urgent and not important, and finally, not urgent and not important. By filtering out tasks that are not important, you’ll be able to be more productive. Eisenhower.me is a website where you can put your tasks into an Eisenhower Matrix and they’ll be assigned “do first,” “schedule,” “delegate,” or “don’t do” accordingly. There’s also an app for your smartphone if you want to take your matrix with you where ever you go.
Watch the video for a brief introduction to the Eisenhower urgency-importance matrix and give it a try!