I’ve downloaded countless apps for building my to do list. Frankly, the more bells and whistles the worse they become. Now I stick to a written four quadrant to do list.
Yep, a written list. I’m sorry to disappoint, but that is what works for me. I use the four quadrant approach to prioritization. It’s simple, it’s direct, and it’s worth it.
The four quadrant formula is one we all know and love, but simplified.
The four quadrants are:
- Urgent and Important
- Urgent and Unimportant
- Not Urgent and Important
- Not Urgent and Not Important
That’s a mouthful isn’t it? There’s an easier way to categorize these four quadrants of prioritization and that is by using the following acronym’s UI, UU, NUI, NUNI. If you don’t have a computer handy, simply use pen and paper to draw your quadrants.
We then put these four quadrants together we form a large square of prioritization. I’ve built it into fillable PDF. Please feel free to download this PDF for future use as a printable prioritization chart. You may also prefer filling out the PDF and saving it to your desktop. No need to waste paper.
Tell me – how do you prioritize your time? What tools do you use?