How To Improve Your Time Management –
Don’t we all want to organize our lives and time better? It’s my main goal to be as effective as possible in my free time and waste as little as possible. The Time Management Eisenhower Method is the perfect strategy to get things organized!
The Eisenhower Method
Today, I want to tell you about the Eisenhower Method and give example on how I try to improve my time management as an artist.
A friend of mine told me about this method and ever since I read a lot of articles and examples how to use it in real life. For me, it sounds really helpful and effective. That’s when I decided to try it myself in order to improve my workflow.
What is the Eisenhower Method?
Dwight D. Eisenhower was a general during the 2nd world war. There is a famous quote he used of which the Eisenhower Method is based on.
“I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.”
In order to use the method, and improve your time management, you have to create the “Eisenhower Decision Matrix” that is categorized into 4 tasks.
- Important and urgent tasks
- Important but not urgent tasks
- Not important but urgent tasks
- Not important and not urgent tasks
At first, this sound very plain and obvious but I will explain these in detail further below!
Note that the method is inspired bis his quote and he didn’t create the method himself.
Important And Urgent
In this first category, also sometimes called category A, are all the important and urgent tasks.
Maybe these tasks became urgent over time because of procrastination.
Common examples are:
- A deadline that is coming to its end.
- Last day of paying rent
- Creating content (blog posts, YouTube videos)
Personally, important and urgent is something I really want to be done this week. I can not wait another week to have it done because of importance and urgency.
I really try to do these things now.
Important But Not Urgent
Category B is important but not urgent. Tasks that can be delayed for a bit.
These are also meant to be long-term goals. Things that need to be prepared or planned for a longer time.
- Long time marketing strategies
- Finishing designs for your website/blog or YouTube
- Writing another verse for your song
- Planning your next holidays
The tricky part is not to procrastinate these thing for too long or they might become category A.
For me, it’s much more important to create blog posts, YouTube videos and songs. I will refine designs and logos along the way but I think it’s more important to have the content first and adjust later.
These things, I try to do later or schedule a specific time.
Not Important But Urgent
This category is hard to identify for me. Maybe it will be more important after I further progressed with my blog and music career. In category are tasks that you should delegate to someone else, if possible.
- Answering phone calls or mails
- Scheduling meetings
- Write thank you cards
I’m at the beginning of my journey, so I want to do these things by myself but if you’re a manager of a company, these things are rather unimportant and should be delegated to one of your coworkers.
Not Important And Not Urgent
The last category is D, like Don’t do these things anymore. They take away your precious time. If your goal is to improve your time management at all cost, these bad habits have to leave sooner or later.
The obvious bad habits:
- Watching television
- Checking social media
- Playing video games
I really force myself to reduce these things but I can not totally get rid of them. In fact, playing video games is part of my relaxing routine. Sometimes you need a break and want to distract yourself but it does slow done your working progress nevertheless.
I hope you enjoyed todays post and I could inspire you to work on your time management.
Take care of yourself and I will talk to you soon.
What are your time management strategies?
Let me know!