Eisenhower Matrix

Priorities – setting by using the Eisenhower matrix method

At this very moment, I am feeling a little overwhelmed by the choice of things I could do and my selfmade pressure to define my priorities.

There are too many things I would like to do right now: I could write a blog entry or read on other blogs or a book. At the same time, I would like to go for a walk as the sun is out at that moment. Probably, I should empty the dishwasher and do my taxes.  Yet, I could also scan and file a few documents as I am in the process of going paperless. This weekend, I should run a backup, pay my bills and check my finances. I’d really like to call a friend and plan activities for the weekend. Decluttering some items would be nice to as I always feel better as soon as I get into it. Yet I could list some stuff I wish to sell from earlier decluttering. Well, maybe it would be good to compare online selling platform. Cook lunch and maybe search for an awesome recipe would make sense too.

Now, how did I get started to get my priorities right:

  1. I started a list of the things I considered doing without rating them at that moment, just a list of the things (see my 2nd paragraph).
  2. One item at a time, I reflected on how important that was to me and how urgent and placed them accordingly in a Eisenhower Matrix.
  3. Looking at the important and urgent ones, I can clearly identify my priorities and work on those.
sketch of a modified Eisenhower Matrix
Eisenhower Matrix slightly modified to define priorities

Originally, you would have 4 quadrants (example) in which you place your items, I find it more useful to have simply incrasing urgency and importance.

Obviously, I have chosen to writing this post. Writing down things when I am feeling overwhelmed has helped me in the past and so does it right now. The only difference is that I am doing here publicly and that is kind of scaring. Yet I am telling myself that most people have experienced these same type of situations. And there might be others willing to share their appraoch on how to get started.

Thanks in advance for sharing your methods to get unstuck, set the priorities and get acting.

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