Stephen Covey is the man who brought Eisenhower matrix into limelight in front of the whole world. But the actual credit goes to this man – , the ex President of United Stated Dwight D. Eisenhower. Stephen Covey used it extensively in his first book ‘First Thing First’ and that is from where the matrix got quite popular all across the globe.
This matrix reminds me a great book that I read years back – “I am OK, You are OK”. The book said there are four stages of any kind of situation – I am Ok You are Ok, I am Ok You are not Ok, I am not Ok You are Ok and I am not Ok You are not Ok.
The similar kind of concept lies here in Eisenhower Matrix. The four categories are – Urgent and Important, Not Urgent and Important, Urgent and Not Important; and finally Not Urgent and Not Important.
If project tasks are identified based on these four categories and accordingly dealt with, probably the life can become simpler in terms of managing complex projects.
Eisenhower himself is quoted it somewhere that :
“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”