Although it was Stephen Covey who made this method popular in his book 'First Things First', the concept is originally credited to US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Whenever confronted with something that needed to be done, he would ask himself two questions: First, is the task important? Second, is it urgent? Based on this, the task would end up in one of four categories: important and urgent, important but not urgent, not important but urgent, and neither important nor urgent.
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