How I Use This Tool To x10 My Productivity

Building Out
5 min readApr 4, 2023

“I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent”

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1954)

White House, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Eisenhower was one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century.

Sometimes life can be overwhelming, and multiple tasks come at you from different directions. Consider that Eisenhower was not only a US president but also the general in charge of the D-Day landings in 1944. On many occasions, he had to make many quick decisions under extreme pressure, often life-and-death decisions.

One of the tools he used to make decisions, later popularised by Stephen Covey in his bestselling book the seven habits of highly effective people, was the Eisenhower matrix.

Although the tool is quite old, it is still effective in prioritising tasks and improving your productivity in the areas that matter.

What is the Eisenhower Matrix?

The Eisenhower Matrix is a productivity tool that uses a simple 2x2 grid to help individuals and organisations prioritise tasks based on their importance and urgency. The matrix has gained popularity due to its versatility, as it can be applied to various…

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