“I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Other than being the 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower has been credited to be a man who got things done. Here’s how you can apply his principles something you can apply to your daily tasks to be more productive and better at time management, shared from an article on Entrepreneur:
The Eisenhower Box: Urgent vs. Important
Eisenhower’s strategy for taking action and organizing your tasks is simple. Using the decision matrix below, you will separate your actions based on four possibilities.
– Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).
– Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).
– Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).
– Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate).
The great thing about this matrix is that it can be used for broad productivity plans (“How should I spend my time each week?”) and for smaller, daily plans (“What should I do today?”).
I invite you to try this principle this week. I hope that as you review your daily tasks, you may find yourself streamlining your schedule and making yourself more efficient.
This is a good matrix for time management. I will refer to these principles when I am having difficulty discerning on if tasks are important vs can be scheduled for later.
I way I organize my monthly tasks is through Google calendar. I don’t think I would be able to function without my calendar to tell me my weekly tasks. I think a good thing to do is to know what tasks you do every month. I place them on the same day every month, which reoccur. This eliminates tasks being forgotten and sets a good flow and schedule for the month.