The Urgent-Important Matrix
Also known as the Eisenhower Matrix this tools is a simple 2×2 matrix ideally suited to daily decision making of unplanned tasks. Tasks that just popup, or are part of a flood of things than need to be done.
The premise is simple – a task can be prioritised (and a decision made) based on it’s Urgency and Importance. This forms a matrix, with each quadrant detailing how to act next.
- Urgent and Important – DO immediately
- Important, Not Urgent – PLAN to do later
- Urgent, Not Important – DELEGATE to someone else
- Not Urgent, Not Important – ELIMINATE
This tool helps prioritise tasks that are not typically part of an Action Plan (which is a more controlled set of actions), but could be used in times when you Action Plan needs to be re-shuffled.
This tool is more suited to Personal Productivity, as it helps you address the Urgency/Importance of tasks there-and-then.
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For the digital natives, or those of you who just prefer apps to handwriting, well, there’s an app for that. Check out and signup for the free Eisenhower App from Rowanclifford.io – see more below.
I want to introduce you to a new free tool I've been developing over the past few months behind the scenes... It's called the Eisenhower Matrix App and I think it's pretty damn cool (even if I do say so myself). If you're not too familiar with the Eisenhower method, or the inner workings of using the [...]