Eisenhower Matrix, the famous productivity growth strategy, is a simple decision-making tool. It can be used by
anyone at any time, can be applied immediately and has time-tested effectiveness.
With the help of the Eisenhower Matrix, you can easily determine the priorities of your tasks according to their
urgency and importance. At the same time, it helps you to quickly identify tasks that should be delegated or
How was created the Eisenhower Matrix
Eisenhower Matrix received its name after Dwight D. Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) the 34th
president of the United States (1953-1961)
On August 19, 1954, Eisenhower addressed the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Evanston,
Illinois. During his speech
, he quoted a former college president and said "I have two
of problems, the
urgent and the important. The urgent are not important,
and the important are never urgent."
This quote was later taken up and processed by Stephen R. Covey (October 24, 1932 - July 16, 2012), an
educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker.
In his book The
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
, which is a self-improvement book, the third habit is
the one according to which one must “Put First Things First”
Putting first things first means organizing and executing around your most important priorities. It is
and being driven by the principles you value most, not by the agendas and forces surrounding you.
Stephen R. Covey
The basic principles of the Eisenhower Matrix
The Eisenhower Matrix functions as a decision matrix. This means that it allows you to categorize your
activities according to their importance and urgency.
This way as you make real progress in your life, you will also succeed to keep a good balance between your
personal and professional life.