The Eisenhower Matrix

The X-Files? The Matrix? Is there a new movie coming up?

Sorry, no. The Eisenhower Matrix is a simple tool to figure out where to focus your attention. It’s based on the quote: “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.” This is commonly attributed to Eisenhower, but his actual words were different.
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Do the batteries last long enough?

Here’s a simple tip that could save you just a little bit of money and stress. When you replace the batteries in home electronics (like this smoke alarm), write the date on the battery:

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Next time you replace that battery, this date helps you determine whether the batteries lasted as long as you expected.

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Celebration: 100 blog posts!

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I just noticed that my last post was actually my post #100! That’s my second celebration this summer, which calls for a little happy dance –

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You do have backups … right?

Backups are important. Yes, we all know that. We’ve heard it before. Just like good passwords can save your (digital) life.

So, how are your backups doing?

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Exhibit 41 in “things you never want to see”.

Ahem.

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Excel tip: Alt+Enter works in formulas, too!

I’ve been using Excel for exactly thirty years – I still have a Macintosh floppy disk with MS Excel version 0.9 – so you’d think I know my way around Excel pretty well.

Yes I do, but that’s not to say that I don’t still learn something new. Pivot tables? I remember my dad trying to explain the concept to me twenty-five years ago but I never understood them well enough to use them, until I changed jobs in 2010 and it became a focus.

Today though, I came across something that blew my mind, and that was not because it’s complicated but because it’s so obvious and yet invisible: Continue reading ‘Excel tip: Alt+Enter works in formulas, too!’