The Eisenhower Matrix was created by the 34th President of the United States to help him decide how to organize his time.

This matrix can help you gain control on what you choose to do first. The goal is to help you save time and prevent burnout.

Eisenhower Matrix

What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.


High Importance High Urgency

Do this now.

  • Emails for a business opportunity.
  • A business deadline
  • Major problems within your company's department.
  • Colleagues not getting along.

High Importance Low Urgency

Do this Next.

  • Weekly planning.
  • Long term planning.
  • Studying for an upcoming exam.

Low Importance and High Urgency


These are generally administrative tasks that take up time but aren't seen as important on the grant scheme of things.

  • Phone calls
  • Emails
  • Meetings with colleagues

Low Importance and Low Importance

Stop It.

Overall, you should either get rid of them or stop doing them.

  • Time-wasting activities
  • Feedback Survey's
  • Pleasant activities