If your life feels like it is going 1,000 miles an hour and you have no idea how to process all the things that you have to do, you’re not alone!  Having 3 kids 11 and under in the house – and a wife working at night – it can really be hard to get anything done!

If you thought managing your household is tough, imagine having to manage an entire country! President Dwight Eisenhower had a brilliantly simple system to ensure he could 1) process all the information that was given to him, and 2) be able to categorize it and prioritize it.  Because, unlike what your children may want you to believe, not everything can or must be done “right now”.

According to JamesClear.com,  the 4 boxes that all information can be categorized into are:

  1. Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).
  2. Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).
  3. Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).
  4. Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate).

As you can see, half of the boxes involves you NOT doing the task!  What a great reminder that we don’t have to try to do it all!


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