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Dwight Eisenhower's Strategy For Productivity

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Dwight D. Eisenhower served two terms as the President of the United States. Before that, he was a five-star general in the US Army who played a big role during the World War II. After that, Eisenhower went on with his life to make more amazing achievements. Despite his business, Eisenhower still managed to engage in his favorite hobbies and activities, such as fishing and golf. How did he manage to be productive not just for days but throughout his life?

Eisenhower did not manage being productive by just a few simple power quotes and goals. Instead, his strategy for productivity was simple, straight to the point, and doable. The strategy was divided into four categories and was later called the Eisenhower Box.

Urgent and Important Tasks

These tasks are what needs to be done immediately and you have no excuse for not doing it. These are the things that you need to react to immediately, such as writing articles, read and respond to emails, or make a phone call.

Important but Not Urgent Tasks

These are the things that you can schedule to do later. Important tasks are things which are part of your long-term mission, plans, goals, and values.

Urgent but Not Important Tasks

These tasks are the things you can delegate to other people. Evaluate and assess all the things you need to do on a daily basis and check those things that you can delegate to your roommate, spouse, or anyone.

Not Urgent and Important Tasks

These are tasks that won't make any difference whether you do them or not, such as watching TV or checking your social media account. According to experts, the fastest way to get things done is by totally eliminating them.

Eliminating things does not mean laziness but rather, you are forcing yourself to make difficult decisions by removing any task that does not contribute to your values, goals, and mission.

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