I’ve actually seen this a handful of times in the past while attending seminars, training, etc., but I’m not sure that it’s ever resonated w/ me as well as it did this past month when our company started doing some time management training through a 3rd party. The “Eisenhower Method” stems from a quote attributed to Dwight D. Eisenhower: “I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” You have to admire President Eisenhower, he was a great manager of time –and it’s said that he accomplished his tasks and still managed to play a tremendous amount of golf. Just for fun, do some research on Eisenhower, very interesting man.
As far as the box above goes… you basically have to place your tasks into one of the 4 boxes above and decide how to spend your time after you’ve prioritized your tasks. It’s pretty simple once you get the hang of it, in fact, I sort of already do this mentally when I plan out my day.