Most things which are urgent are not important, and most things which are important are not urgent.Eisenhower
Sounds like a real mind bender, doesn’t it?
But this is what led Eisenhower to research and develop the famous Eisenhower Matrix.
At any given point of time we have tasks to do that should have been done yesterday, tasks to do that are urgent, tasks that we keep putting off , tasks that other people depend upon, tasks that are lying in our inbox waiting to be opened and tasks that we will probably never get to.
We’re basically running in circles.
If we complete this graded assignment due tomorrow – we probably won’t get time to study for the big test next week. If I write this article now, I probably won’t be able to finish my assignments.
This where the Eisenhower matrix comes into the picture. By organizing all your work into a neat little box.
Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States and is often applauded for his consistent productivity – that allowed him to plan and act on many projects. The method was named after him and is used to prioritize tasks between urgency and importance.
Because what is urgent ( replying to emails) may not be important( writing the manuscript for your book) and vice versa.
So, let’s dive right in!
In this box there are 4 quadrants.
- To do now
- Urgent and important
- These are tasks that you must put on your list first – and do immediately.
- To schedule
- Important but not urgent
- Tasks that need to get done – but not right away. So, schedule them for later during the day.
- To delegate
- Urgent but not important
- These are tasks that are urgent but don’t require your immediate attention as they are not important. The idea is to delegate them to someone else.
- To delete
- Tasks that are neither urgent nor important.
- Delete these tasks and eliminate clutter.
- Or put them under a task list for “someday”. So, you can come back to these tasks on a day you have time.
And that’s all there is to it. Start jotting down tasks in each of these boxes and you’re set.
Here’s what the matrix looks like.
3.Try it out!
Hit the download button and get started.
Hey ! I hope you found this post useful !
If you did don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter to recieve updates.
The “Sunday Market” as the locals at Hyderabad of the Hemanagar district call it, is something unique to the culture of the place. Overnight, the deserted blazing hot street turns into a bustling crowded market. Over Saturday evening, stall vendors would lug their goods from all over the district and set up their waresContinue reading “A grocery run at 4 am”
Walking through the streets of Thakur village at Kandivali, you can find over a dozen options of food stalls to pick from. But one that I love going to is a small ice-cream shop at the street corner. This place allows you to have your bowl of ice-cream with a show. The owner of theContinue reading “A late night ice-cream craving”
I would like to pull out a few lines from a quote from one of my favourite books of all time – Big Magic. “Dearest Fear : Creativity and I are about to go on a road trip together. I understand that you’ll be joining us because you always do….Apparently your job is to induceContinue reading “When fear ruins your creativity”
Look in the mirror, tell me what you see….. All images are copyright of Ishita Tenjerla.
Photographs Copyright of : Ishita Tenjerla
College and school brings to mind images of loose sheets of papers, multiple notebooks, notes scribbled in the margins of a textbook, a flurry of assignments and club activities. Note taking.Keeping track of deadlines. Following up on assignments. Finishing up project work and the list of academic and extracurricular activities goes on. Staying organised willContinue reading “How to : Build a organization system for school or college.”
Photos Copyright : Ishita Tenjerla
All images are copyright of Ishita Tenjerla. They may not be used or reproduced. Poem : Whispering Waves by Edel T. Copeland
The sound of pages being turned. The smell of old books. Coming home to a bookshelf full of new books to escape into. Discovering new authors. Pulling out favourite quotes. These are landmark moments in every reader’s journey. But our journey of diving into a book begins from the purchase of the book. We walkContinue reading “Book haul 2022 ( & Come book shopping with me )”