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Meeting template

Eisenhower Matrix

What's urgent vs what's important

This template is named after Dwight Eisenhower, the American President whose quote below popularized the format.

An Eisenhower matrix is the perfect session to run with teams who are struggling with their priorities.

The idea is to categorize areas of work into four groups, focusing attention away from the urgent tasks and toward the tasks which aren't immediately urgent, but are very important.


Agenda

Ask your attendees to brainstorm ideas in four categories:

1. Eisenhower Matrix

"I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

2. What's important and urgent?

Things we should do now

3. What's important but not urgent?

Things we should schedule

4. What's urgent but not important?

Things we should delegate

5. What's neither important nor urgent?

Things we should skip altogether

6. That's it!

Thanks for joining us :)


Good luck!

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