Stop Doing ‘Busy Work’ With the Eisenhower Matrix

The time management tool that helps you avoid procrastination so you can put first things first.

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  • Created DARPA, paving the way for the internet
  • Constructed the Interstate Highway System
  • Signed the Atomic Energy Act, leading to more sustainable energy sources
  • Became the first Supreme Commander of NATO
  • Served as President of Columbia University
  • Made plenty of time for leisure: oil painting and golf
  • Worked
  • Didn’t die

“I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.”

— The man himself

That is where the Eisenhower Matrix comes in. We’re going to explore what it is, what it does, and how you can start using it today to avoid wasting time and procrastinating.

What is the Eisenhower Matrix?

The Eisenhower Matrix time management tool
  • Q2 (Blue): Important but not urgent
  • Q3 (Red): Not important but urgent
  • Q4 (Gray): Neither important or urgent
  • Q2: Important but not urgent → Decide
  • Q3: Not important but urgent → Delegate
  • Q4: Neither important or urgent → Delete

Q1: Important and urgent → Do ✅

If your house was on fire, would you put “Save family and grab dog” in your Google Calendar? Probably not.

Q2: Important but not urgent → Decide 📅

Let’s take it down a peg.

Q3: Not important but urgent → Delegate 📥

Okay, okay. Your house isn’t on fire and you’ve insured it to be safe. Now, your Homeowners Association has assigned you the task of setting up fire insurance for everyone on your street by next Friday.

Q4: Neither important or urgent → Delete 🗑

Finally. Your house is ember-free. It’s insured. Stupid Dave has his stupid home secured. Now what?

Distracted children using a tablet
Distracted children using a tablet

How to Use the Eisenhower Matrix.

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