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Cox Mill HS - Student Support Services (S3) - 2.24.21
Wellness Topic: Triage
In a nutshell, triage is assigning a sense of urgency to one thing over another. In an ER, someone who is unable to breathe will receive treatment before another person who has a broken arm, even if the person with the broken arm has been waiting longer. Triage is about prioritizing.
Sometimes in our own lives we have many things that need our attention all at once. Like a nurse or doctor in an ER, we must have a process for deciding which thing is most important. Learning to triage tasks or people that need our attention is a valuable life skill that can help us manage stress and anxiety. Learning to triage can give us a sense of control over chaos.
You have a giant list of things to do, how do you triage the list to figure out what to do first? Great question! Here are some tips:
- Take time to understand the items on your list and why they are there.
- Decide if an item needs to stay on your list or should be removed.
- Arrange or sort the remaining items on your list; sort by deadline to start.
- Tag each task as small, medium or large.
- Break down large tasks into smaller chunks; ask for help if you need to.
- Now triage items into one of four categories: today, tomorrow, this week, or this month.
- Get started on your today items (including a chunk from a big task).
- Cross off items as you complete them.
- Update your triage list each day.
- Smile! You deserve it for your hard work!
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