The Stoic concept of Dichotomy of Control with Stephen Covey’s “Circle of Influence” and the “Eisenhower Matrix” to create a practical tool for better decision making. This tool sorts life events based on how much control one has over them and how important they are, allowing individuals to prioritize their actions and reactions more effectively.
- The author describes a tool that categorizes life events into four types based on the level of control and importance they hold: important and under control, important but not under control, not important but under control, and not important and not under control.
- The tool encourages individuals to prioritize events that are important and under their control, and to be aware of, but not overly concerned about, important events that are beyond their control.
- The tool suggests downgrading the priority of events that are not important but under control, using them as opportunities for amusement and mood upliftment.
- Events that are not important and not under control should be ignored according to the proposed tool.
- By understanding the importance of an event and evaluating the level of control one has over it, this tool aids in decision-making by helping to sort the event into one of the four categories, thereby offering a strategy for effective handling.