Mastering the (Eisenhower) Matrix

For some, it provides the utmost relief. For others, it’s an intimidating chore version of Dance, Dance Revolution. We GET it. You’re busy and adding another layer of organization on top of your existing task list seems like a stretch. But the benefits of visually square dancing your tasks away with the Eisenhower Matrix makes checking off that to-do list a breeze.

What the Heck is an Eisenhower Matrix?

Four little squares that determine the fate of your productivity - the 34th U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was credited for launching the idea publicly when quoting a university president as saying, “I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important and the important are never urgent.” Stephen Covey ran with this idea to create the “Eisenhower Matrix,” a four-square series that provides better answers than your average paper fortune teller.

How to Use The Matrix

If you’re struggling with finding a place for tasks to reside within the quadrant, limit to 10 tasks per section. Make to-do lists based on the matrix and prioritize. Once you finish prioritizing, clear off any unimportant tasks trailing off at the end of the lists by delegating or striking them out. Ta DA! Just like that, you’ve organized your week and are free to practice your winning Dance, Dance Revolution combos.

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