Dwight Eisenhower

U.S. President

General of the Army Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American army general and statesman who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. During World War II, he became a five-star general in the Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe. 1 2

Daily Routine

Eisenhower notoriously had no fixed schedule to his day as he had equally critical tasks to complete at any given time. To overcome this challenge, Eisenhower developed a framework that prioritized tasks based on their importance and urgency, now referred to as the ‘Eisenhower Matrix’. The Eisenhower framework originates from a quote attributed to him: “I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent”. He organizes tasks into the following categories:

  • Important and urgent: Focus on these tasks and get them done immediately

  • Important and not urgent: Schedule time when you’ll be able to handle these tasks

  • Urgent and not important: Delegate these tasks to others to get them done sooner

  • Not urgent and not important: Drop these tasks – save your time and energy for more critical ones