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Prioritise tasks using the Eisenhower Box

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For those times when you’re overwhelmed by all the things you “should” do, help yourself with the Eisenhower Decision Matrix.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, former president of the United States, once said: “I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.”

He prioritised things using the following rule:

1. Important – urgent = Do it now

2. Important – not urgent = Decide a time to do it

3. Urgent – not important = Delegate it

4. Not urgent – not important = Delete it


You should dedicate your time to the things that are important and delegate the tasks that are urgent but not important. Eliminate the rest.

For more insight you can read James Clear‘s full article here: How to Be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the ‘Eisenhower Box’

Written by Sabine

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