The Urgent-Important Matrix
Use the Urgent-Important Matrix, or Eisenhower Matrix, to help you make better decisions. Assess the Urgent and Important nature of the problem, then act from there.
This tools is a simple 2×2 matrix ideally suited to daily decision making of unplanned tasks or problems that arise , or are part of a flood of things that need to be done.
The concept is very simple
The issue at hand, the task, can be prioritised and a decision made, based on the task Urgency and Importance. This forms a 2×2 matrix, with each quadrant suggesting how to action the task
If the task is . . . then . . .
- Urgent and Important – DO it immediately
- Important, but Not Urgent – PLAN to do later
- Urgent, but Not Important – DELEGATE to someone else
- Not Urgent, and Not Important – ELIMINATE it
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.
The matrix in digital form
For Evernote fans, you can use a template provided by Evernote : see >> here <<
And for 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.