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How to Be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the Eisenhower Box


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"What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important." ~Dwight Eisenhower

Eisenhower's strategy for taking action and organizing your tasks is simple. Using the decision matrix below, you will separate your actions based on four possibilities.

Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).

Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).

Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).

Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate).

The great thing about this matrix is that it can be used for broad productivity plans ("How should I spend my time each week?") and for smaller, daily plans ("What should I do today?").

"There is no code faster than no code." ~Kevlin Henney

In other words, the fastest way to get something done -- whether it is having a computer read a line of code or crossing a task off your to-do list -- is to eliminate that task entirely. There is no faster way to do something than not doing it at all. That's not a reason to be lazy, but rather a suggestion to force yourself to make hard decisions and delete any task that does not lead you toward your mission, your values, and your goals.

Too often, we use productivity, time management, and optimization as an excuse to avoid the really difficult question: "Do I actually need to be doing this?" It is much easier to remain busy and tell yourself that you just need to be a little more efficient or to "work a little later tonight" than to endure the pain of eliminating a task that you are comfortable with doing, but that isn't the highest and best use of your time.

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