What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.
— Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the USA.
For your self improvement, here is a simple two by two matrix that can help you decide how to prioritize your “To Do” list. Sort everything into four groups, depending on whether it is important or not, and whether it is urgent or not:
- Important & Urgent : Do First
- Not Important & Urgent : Delegate
- Important & Not Urgent : Do Later
- Not Important & Not Urgent : Eliminate
Other images of the Eisenhower Matrix:
Today I present an example of a political fourfold. Frequently they have two factors: first, between the personal and the economic, and second, between liberty and security, or freedom and control. The quadrants that result can have different labels, but the one above is essentially the Nolan Chart, consisting of Authoritarian, Conservatism, Libertarian, and Liberalism.
- Libertarian (personal freedom, economic freedom)
- Authoritarian (personal control, economic control)
- Conservatism (personal control, economic freedom)
- Liberalism (personal freedom, economic control)
But you can read this anytime! This is an important day in United States politics so I urge everyone that can to please get out and vote!
Images of “Political Quadrants”:
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Another political or ideological fourfold is Anarchism, Radicalism, Conservatism, and Liberalism. This appears in Hayden White’s “Metahistory” but I’m unsure of its previous history.
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