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Time Management

Urgent and Important Matrix

The Urgent & Important Matrix, also sometimes called the Eisenhower Matrix or Covey Matrix, is a method by which you can prioritize the things you have to do to take care of the most high-impact tasks first. The Joint Information Systems Committee has a short guide to the system.

Software Tools


If you’d like a little help prioritizing your to-do list, consider Toodledo, a task manager that analyzes your entries based on date, priority, and task status. You can sign up for a free account and use it over the Web or via iOS, Android, and BlackBerry clients.


Trello was created by Joel Spolsky (formally of Microsoft) and Michael Pryor. It’s a free tool to help you manage collaborative projects. It’s easy to use, and offers a simple drag-and-drop interface.
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WorkFlowy is a very simple, easy-to-manage to-do list or outliner. You can customize its look and it works well in mobile browsers, too. While its simplicity and lack of flash may put some off, others prefer its down-to-earth functionality.
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Getting Things Done

A good place to start learning about David Allen’s famous method is to read his book, Getting Things Done, but even without that, there’s plenty of information available online from Allen and others about the techniques and tools you can use to follow the GTD lifestyle.

The Pomodoro Method

Like Getting Things Done, the Pomodoro Technique is based on a book written by its creator, Francesco Cirillo.