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How To Eliminate Your Struggles with Time Management with THE EISENHOWER BOX

The Business Mechanic Podcast with Vaughn Sigmon

Release Date: 12/18/2022

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Now we're going to start sharing how to prioritize like Eisenhower. Now, this isn't going to be much of a history lesson on Eisenhower, but I think you need to know a little about the man. He was president of the United States in the fifties, uh, early sixties. He also was an American general during World War ii, and apparently, this guy knew a ton about managing time because of his approach.

The Eisenhower Box, or the Eisenhower Quadrant, is taught in business schools all over the country. And today, in this video, I will share his approach that's taught the world over with you. Eisenhower essentially broke all the things he had to do into four separate quadrants that were laid out in important and.

Not important, not urgent. So we're going to go into some detail on that. Important and urgent. Not important, not urgent. Those are the areas. So the four blocks are important and urgent things you must do now. Important but not urgent. Things that we have to get done and maybe big projects, assignments, that sort of thing.

Plans and strategies but don't have to be done. Now, so we have to plan or schedule time for those. Then the bottom side of the quadrant are things that aren't important but are urgent. . These are our interruptions during the course of the day. Those are emails and phone calls; hey, I got a quick question for you.

Got a minute. Those sorts of things. Those are the fires, and that's where many, many people get frustrated with managing their time. That's where they spend a lot of their time dealing with day-to-day matters versus managing their time. So that's urgent, but not that important.

And then the last quadrant is the I, not important, but not urgent. So we've got important and urgent. Gotta do it. Right now, we've got important but not that urgent, which is, wait, schedule it, do it later. We've got the, not I.  but urgent. Those are our interruptions during the course of the day or things we need to delegate; we need to delay delegate.

Or don't do it all together. And we're gonna talk a little bit about the to-don't list in a future podcast. And then there's the not important, not urgent. Those are the time wasters that we tend to encounter during the course, naturally during our work week and work days. And we've gotta be able to identify those and minimize those in order for us to rest the control of our time away from others.

And be able to control and manage it ourselves. So let's talk about how to use the Eisenhower quadrant. Well, first of all, once you start assembling your thoughts, organizing your thoughts, this is all about prioritization and being able to get the mindset, the mental thoughts around what's important, what's not important, what's urgent, what's not urgent, and being able to rewire ourselves a little bit as to, does this really have to be done right now?

Or can this wait? Does this really need to be done by me, or can I give it to somebody else? When am I gonna get this done? When do I need to schedule it? It's moving beyond putting out fires during the course of our days and our weeks. So at the end of the day, we go home feeling really productive, and we've gotten things done.

We're gonna box things off. We're going to put 'em in their proper quadrants to manage our time better. Because when we go home at the end of the day, and we've been really busy but haven't gotten much done, that's emotional. That is not fair to the people who look forward to you coming home.

It's not fair to you because you're mentally tired. It is extremely exhausting to go through your career and your workday life and feel like you're always behind the eight ball, that you never get stuff done. That is where this tool comes into play to help you. It won't cure everything, but it's certainly going to help you be able to create mental prioritization.

Putting things in boxes to whether I need to do it now, do it later, do it at all. Skip it, eliminate it from my life. Many, many, many managers treat everything that's right in front of them as the priority. And those are the ones that just as the day comes, the day comes; things come, things come, uh, questions, ask, meetings, et cetera.

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