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Eisenhower Matrix ⊹

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. 

Eisenhower Matrix ⊹

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.