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Tackling the Big, Bad "To Do" List

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Tackling the Big, Bad "To Do" List

Kimberly St Clair

Does your to-do list ever feel so long you don’t know where to start? How do you determine which need is the most pressing? As a leader, there will always be things that demand your immediate attention, but urgency and importance are often mutually exclusive. As President Eisenhower said, “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

Adapted from the man himself, the Eisenhower Matrix enables you to sort your priorities into four categories: Do First, Schedule, Delegate, and Eliminate. As any item rises in importance and urgency, it moves closer to the top of your list. As items are revealed to be less urgent, they move into the categories that allow you to schedule them for a later time or delegate them entirely.  

Try using this time management model to sort your priorities and limit that “too busy” feeling: