I have a love-and-hate relationship with it. I know it exists, but I’ve been trying to find the best application for my existing frameworks.
I am a big fan of the GTD method and experimented extensively with my favorite tools around this framework.
And recently, I’ve read the Curiosity Chronicle, a fantastic newsletter from Sahil Bloom, when I have a light-bulb moment.
Sahil walks us through the tool and shows how we can use it on a daily basis:
The Eisenhower Matrix is a powerful productivity tool on two levels:
- In the present, it helps you organize and prioritize your tasks and time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it creates a forced slowdown that will allow you to zoom out and assess where you should be spending your time.
- In the long-term, it teaches you to focus on the important and avoid the (largely) unnecessary urgency that fills our days.
The Ultimate Goal: Spend most of your time on the important tasks that contribute to your long-term mission, values, or goals.
To summarize the takeaways:
- Manage the top-right
- Spend most of your time in the top-left
- Spend less time in the bottom half
It is basically GTD marriage with the Eisenhower matrix tool 🙂
I highly recommend this newsletter; it’s been a constant inspiration, packed with actionable tactics.