The Eisenhower principle: Urgent and important tasks

The fact that time is always short was noted by former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who recommended in the 1950s that we should distinguish sharply between urgent and important tasks. Urgent and important tasks should be done immediately by yourself. You should consistently delegate urgent but less important tasks. For important but non-urgent tasks, you should set a deadline and complete them yourself in a timely manner. If possible, complete important tasks before they become urgent. You should ignore unimportant and non-urgent tasks. Do not accept unimportant and non-urgent tasks without thinking, even from your superiors. This requires discipline and courage, but gives you the time for leadership.

You don’t have to do everything yourself. Delegate tasks to your employees.


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