A tip to help you get Unstuck

How to stop putting off the important stuff

President Eisenhower once said, “What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important.” From that sprang the Eisenhower matrix of prioritization. This tactic is helpful for Avoiders who use urgent tasks as an excuse to dodge important ones. Here’s how to do it. Create four lists:

Urgent + Important. The do-as-soon-as-possible group.

Not Urgent + Important. The deadline isn’t imminent, but these longer-term tasks shouldn’t be put off.

Urgent + Not Important. Put your time-sensitive tasks here, ones that are good to stay on top of but won’t create a crisis if you miss them by a day or two.

Not Urgent + Not Important. These are nice-to-do’s and should wait till last.