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How to be More Productive and Eliminate Time Wasting Activities by Using the “Eisenhower Box”

James Clear
James Clear
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Eisenhower’s famous productivity strategy is known as the Eisenhower Box (or Eisenhower Matrix) and it’s a simple decision-making tool that you can use right now.

The Eisenhower Box: How to be More Productive

  • Separate your actions based on four possibilities
    • Urgent and important
    • Important, but not urgent
    • Urgent, but not important
    • Neither urgent nor important

The Difference Between Urgent and Important

  • Urgent tasks are things that you feel like you need to react to
  • Important tasks are things that contribute to your long-term missions or goals

Elimination Before Optimization

  • Force yourself to make hard decisions and delete any task that does not lead you toward your mission

Does this Help Me Accomplish My Goal?

  • It can be hard to eliminate time wasting activities if you aren’t sure what you are working toward
  • Ask yourself these two questions:
    • What am I working toward?
    • What are the core values that drive my life?
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