Prioritising your to-dos when everything is important is no easy task, but the Eisenhower Decision Matrix is a great way to do it. Chris S Penn took that idea and blew it up into a simple grid he has on the wall behind him while he works, laid out with sticky notes for his to-dos and masking tape to keep everything in place. Here’s how it works.
Chris describes how the process functions in the video above. If you’re familiar with Eisenhower’s matrix, you’ll understand it easily. Important tasks that are also urgent go in the upper left corner, while important tasks that aren’t urgent — as in they don’t need to be done immediately — go in the upper right. Less important tasks that are urgent — as in they’re not critical but do have a time limit — go in the lower left, and tasks that are neither important or urgent (but still need to be done eventually) go in the lower right. He uses sticky notes for each to-do, so he can move them around quickly should priorities change or if something comes up.
The beauty of Chris’s setup is that the masking tape is easy to put up (and take down if you need to), and the sticky notes adhere to the wall without damage and can be moved around easily. It’s analogue, but it works like a charm, and you don’t need to spend a lot of time entering to-dos into a system or copy/pasting to move things around. It’s a simple system to put in place, and all you need is a spare bit of wall to make it work. Hit the link below to learn more.
How to Manage Workflow with Sticky Notes [Christopher S Penn]