Productivity Made Simple with The Eisenhower Box
Looking for a decision-making tool to help you focus and be more productive? The Eisenhower Box is one of our favorite tools to eliminate procrastination and increase productivity. It’s a great way to help you focus on the important things in life.
The Eisenhower Box
Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, is considered the most productive president who ever lived. Serving two terms from 1953 to 1961, he launched programs that directly led to the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United States, the launch of the internet (DARPA), the exploration of space (NASA), and the peaceful use of alternative energy sources (Atomic Energy Act).
Before becoming president, Eisenhower was a five-star general in the United States Army, served as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, and was responsible for planning and executing the invasions of North Africa, France, and Germany.
At other points along the way, he served as the President of Columbia University, became the first Supreme Commander of NATO, and somehow found time to pursue hobbies like golfing and oil painting.
Eisenhower had an incredible ability to sustain his productivity not just for weeks or months, but for decades. And for that reason, it is no surprise that his methods for time management, task management, and productivity have been studied by many people.
His most famous productivity strategy is known as the Eisenhower Box…a simple decision-making tool used to 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).
While the Eisenhower Box isn’t a perfect strategy, it is a useful decision-making tool for increasing productivity and eliminating the “sand” that drains your mental energy, wastes time, and rarely moves you toward your goals.