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    Learn How To Prioritise And Manage Time

    By Safeer PP
    11 Jun'22  3 min read
    Learn How To Prioritise And Manage Time
    Synopsis

    Eisenhower Priority Matrix is a simple and effective time management tool that helps you prioritise tasks into four quadrants. It is based on the urgency and importance of your daily tasks. Read on to understand what are the four quadrants and how you can prioritise tasks based on Eisenhower Priority Matrix. 

    Learn How To Prioritise And Manage Time
    Synopsis

    Eisenhower Priority Matrix is a simple and effective time management tool that helps you prioritise tasks into four quadrants. It is based on the urgency and importance of your daily tasks. Read on to understand what are the four quadrants and how you can prioritise tasks based on Eisenhower Priority Matrix. 

    Think about the activities that you do daily or for a week. Have you ever thought about how much time you spend on them? What are the activities done on priority? Should these activities be noted and prioritised? Or done randomly? If you note and prioritise your daily routine according to the importance and urgency, then you will notice a huge improvement in your time management skills. To help you do this, Careers360 has simplified the famous Eisenhower Priority Matrix that divides tasks based on urgency and importance. Let’s see how you can employ this in your day-to-day study schedule.

    Eisenhower Priority Matrix.

    The four quadrants of the Eisenhower Priority Matrix are

    1. Important And Urgent

    2. Important And Not Urgent

    3. Not Important And Urgent

    4. Not Important And Not Urgent

    Eisenhower Priority MatrixQuadrants Of Eisenhower Priority Matrix

    Let us understand the terms associated with the Eisenhower Priority Matrix based from a student's perspective.

    Important Tasks

    The tasks that contribute to achieving your goal. Usually students' goal may be cracking an exam with a good score or rank. All the activities that help to achieve a score or rank in an exam can be categorised as important.

    Some of the important tasks may be-

    • Planned study- This includes making a plan of studies for a week or month, regular studies, homework, practice test and more

    • Maintaining your health- That is a good diet, regular exercise and sleep

    Unimportant Tasks

    The tasks that do not contribute to the goal are unimportant. Some unimportant tasks are-

    • Using social media for a long time

    • Watching TV for long duration

    • Attending unimportant call or online chats

    Spending more on unimportant tasks implies that you are not moving towards the goal.

    Urgent And Important Task

    The quadrant I represents urgent and important tasks. These are the tasks to be done immediately. For example-

    • Revising or studying for exams to be held in the next day

    • Working on assignments to be submitted immediately.

    Important And Not Urgent Tasks

    These are tasks that can be done on a regular basis and that contributes to the goal. For example-

    • Regular studies

    • Attending lectures

    • Exercising regularly

    These tasks come under the second quadrant.

    Not Important And Urgent Tasks

    These are tasks that should be noted urgently but spend small amounts of time on this. For example-

    • Looking at the mails

    • Answering important phone calls

    These tasks come under the third quadrant.

    Not Important And Not Urgent

    The tasks on which minimum time should be spent or no time should be spent comes under the fourth quadrant. For example-

    • Using social media which is a waste of your time.

    • Watching TV for a long time

    • Chatting with friends for a long time

    These four quadrants can also be represented as-

    Four Quadrants Of Priority MatrixFour Quadrants Of Priority Matrix

    How To Fill The Four Quadrants Of Time Management Matrix

    You can fill the quadrants depending on your activities. Now you know what is important, urgent, not important and not urgent. Based on the activities, these matrices may vary for each student. Students can create their own matrix based on their target goal. A sample matrix is given below.

    Time Management Matrix Example

    Quadrant I

    • Last time revision for exam

    • Writing assignment to be submitted tomorrow

    Quadrant II

    • Attending Lectures

    • Studying regularly

    • Maintaining health- Exercise regularly, follow good diet and have a sound sleep

    • Attending practice tests on regular basis

    Quadrant III

    • Taking phone calls

    • Looking to mails

    • Answering important chats

    Quadrant IV

    • Spending time on social media for entertainment

    • Watching TV

    Reduce your time in quadrants III and IV and spend more time on quadrant II. This will make the quadrant 1 task easier. By spending your time on Quadrant 2 activities you devote time to important activities before they become urgent. Understand your time waster, use a smart study plan to make quadrant 2 effective and achieve your goal easily.

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