The Eisenhower Method

Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year for travel. Before things get too hectic over the holidays, now is the time to make the decisions that will help you manage your time wisely. And since we’re in November, let’s add a twist of Veterans Day into the mix.

US President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “The most urgent decisions are rarely the most important ones.” Eisenhower was considered a master of time management, i.e.: he had the ability to do everything as and when it needed to be done. This method of decision-making strategy is perhaps best quoted as, “Better late than never; but never late is better.”

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If you want to improve your personal time management skills over the holidays, here is some best practice advice: If it is important and urgent, do it now and do it right.

Then, make it a personal goal to spend 80% of your time on the important but not urgent. These are the important future projects that should be well planned for in advance.

The remaining 20% should be spent on the not important but urgent. It should be your goal to quickly offload or delegate these projects because they lack importance.

If it is not important and not urgent then forget about it until it moves into another quadrant.