Eisenhower had an incredible ability to sustain his productivity not just for weeks or months, but for decades.
His most famous productivity strategy is known as the Eisenhower Box and it’s a simple decision-making tool that you can use right now. James Clear talks about how to be more productive and how Eisenhower’s strategy works.
Alternative productivity methods exist. And if you find that regular to-do lists are too troublesome or too overwhelming, then MakeUseOf recommends trying an old-but-effective technique called the Eisenhower Matrix.
Business thinker Covey created a decision matrix to help individuals make the distinction between what’s important and not important and what’s urgent and not urgent. The matrix consists of a square divided into four boxes, or quadrants, labeled thusly: 1) Urgent/Important, 2) Not Urgent/Important, 3) Urgent/Not Important, and 4) Not Urgent/Not Important.
The Eisenhower matrix is a productivity method to help you evaluate your work and decide what needs done in a more efficient manner. It focuses on urgency and importance. This matrix allows you to set priorities by urgency and importance to help you decide what work should be done first, and what work should be handed off to someone else.
This article focuses on how you can use this matrix with Todoist.
The Eisenhower Matrix can be translated into a Trello board of your tasks. Make a list for each quadrant, as well as an “Incoming” list where you can dump everything you need to do, and triage when you’re ready. Well worth reading.
Eisenhower understood that it is easy for long-term priorities to be overshadowed by daily, deadline-driven, but ultimately insignificant tasks. The Eisenhower Box is a tool meant to help people better manage their time and priorities, so that the important stuff doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.