"I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important, and the important are never urgent." - Dwight Eisenhower.
The Eisenhower Matrix organises your tasks based on whether tasks are urgent or important.
The aim is to prioritise and act on value, to ensure that you are either doing or scheduling important work while delegating or deleting non-important work, even if it presents as urgent.
- Write out your tasks or to-do list. Ensure that you break down large projects and focus on actionable items that could be completed in an hour or so.
- Identify your key value drivers and classify tasks. Which tasks will help you deliver value or reduce risk? Which are truly the most important?
- Identify urgent versus non-urgent. Now classify them based on your deadlines.
- Take action. Finally, prioritise activity on urgent and important tasks with the aim of getting to the point of being less reactive and working on non-urgent and important tasks. Consider how to delegate or delete the rest.