Urgent, Not-Important, or Somewhere In-between?: Using the Eisenhower Matrix to Prioritize Your Time

“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

The Eisenhower Matrix is a brilliant visual tool that forces you to assign every task, event and desire, goal etc. in your work and life into just one of four categories, two of which are almost never necessary (can you guess which two these are?):

URGENT/IMPORTANT 

URGENT/NOT IMPORTANT

IMPORTANT/NOT URGENT

NOT URGENT/NOT IMPORTANT.

Ike knew what he was talking about! The Matrix is great tool for seeing (often painfully) how much time you spend on what kinds of things, as well as better choosing your priorities for the future.

Try it and let us know what it reveals for you in the comments below!

Read It: The Eisenhower Decision Matrix: How to Distinguish Between Urgent and Important Tasks and Make Real Progress in Your Life , a great summary and explanation of how to use it from, www.artofmanliness.com.