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The Eisenhower Matrix

The Eisenhower Matrix

Sometimes, we are unsure how to handle a lengthy task list.

The Eisenhower Matrix help you prioritise your tasks based on the following:

  • Urgent and Important tasks. Do the task now.
  • Important but not urgent tasks. Schedule when you must do it. 
  • Urgent but not important tasks. Delegate these tasks.
  • Neither urgent nor important. Delete these tasks.

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Time blocking helps to set aside chunks of time for specific goals. It can be used with other productivity systems.

This method was popularised by Jerry Seinfeld, who would write a joke every day. This method is about marking an X in your calendar over each day that you achieved your goal.

Many people try to find the perfect productivity system, hoping that it will help them better manage their work and mental health. However, there is no universal productivity system. For example, a remote worker may need a different approach to someone commuting to work.

GTD was created by David Allen and is about taking your ideas, tasks and to-dos and organise them into manageable tasks.

Go through the list of tasks and ask yourself:

In the Moscow Method, you list all your tasks, then categorise them as follows:

Leo Babauta created ZTD. It focuses on one habit at a time but with more structure and simplicity.

  • It's sustainable. How do you feel after a day using the system? The system should help you, not burden you.
  • It works for short-term and long-term goals. Your productivity system is a toolbox that should contain tools that work for both timelines.

This method is useful for people who get easily distracted.

Projects can be managed with a Kanban board. Make three columns, To Do, Doing, and Done. Then split your tasks between them.

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