So whose idea was this method of categorizing tasks?!
The method of categorizing tasks depending on their urgency or importance is attributed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and as such is commonly known as the Eisenhower Matrix or the Eisenhower Method (Wikipedia Link - http://j.mp/zSN4Jt)
President Eisenhower reportedly used this method of thinking to make critical decisions when he was a General during war time by asking himself 2 questions:
1. Is this task or question Urgent? - does it have time pressure?
2. Is this task or question Important? - how does this relate to your objectives?
By answering these two questions all tasks can be plotted on a 4 square Eisenhower Matrix.
Eisenhower’s famous quote “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important” perfectly sums up this way of thinking and planning.
This organizational method is now very popular around the world and is used by huge numbers of people to ensure they are focusing on the right things from their Eisenhower Matrix.
How does Any To Do fit in?
Any To Do has made it super simple to build the Eisenhower matrix into your day to day life to keep track of your priorities and ensure you focus on the important.
How does Any To Do help?
As an iPad and iPhone app, Any To Do is the perfect constant reminder that you need to make sure you always know what you need to work on.
Just click on your Any To Do app and check out those important and urgent tasks (or if you’re planning correctly, your important and not urgent tasks :) ) and bingo! - you’re immediately clear about what you need to start work on! What could be simpler?!
So, thank you President Eisenhower for leaving your legacy of your Eisenhower Matrix which is now known and used throughout the world as one of the most effective time management techniques to help you stay focused on the important.
If you’d like to check out some further reading, here are a few links that you can take a look at while having a cuppa.
Understanding the Eisenhower Matrix -
What is the Eisenhower Matrix? -
The Eisenhower Method - http://thousandinsights.wordpress.com/articles/on-productivity/the-eisenhower-method/
Originator of the urgency/importance matrix - http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=180075Source: anytodo.com