We don’t always finish everything on the daily to-do list; triaging, or prioritizing, at the end of the day can keep you organized and hit the ground running the next day
Triage is a practice of prioritizing the most urgent and important tasks in one’s day. A triage list is a list that has been sorted and prioritized to allow for easy and quick understanding of tasks that need to be completed.
Triage lists only become more important as the number of tasks you have to complete increases. Even if you limit the number of tasks you commit to at the beginning of the day, people around you may request something urgent or an emergency might arise. A triaged list can help you assign urgency levels to the tasks remaining on your list.
How To Triage to Manage Your Days & To-Do List(s)
To start triaging, you need to make sure you know your remaining tasks. If you’ve kept your to-do list up-to-date throughout the day, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Once you have done that, list each task according to its level of urgency, for example: “Urgent” – “Important” – “Somewhat Important”.
The first tasks are things that are urgent or important. These are the things you should do first if time permits.
The second category contains tasks which are important but not urgent. These would be more appropriate if there is only little time left in the day or if it is not time-sensitive at all.
The third category is for those which are not very important or not urgent at all and can be postponed until tomorrow or even.
The Benefits of Triaging At the End of The Day
After a long day, it is difficult to focus on the things that need to be done. Triage is not an easy task but it can help you get back on track for the next day.
The benefits of triage include the following:
-It clears your mind of any distractions so you can sleep better at night.
-It forces you to prioritize what’s most important so you don’t do the same thing every day (and become bored with your work).
-It helps you focus more on what’s most important by getting rid of “urgent but not important” tasks that tend to linger and build up each day.
How to Triage/Prioritize Your To-Do List
Many professionals find it hard to prioritize their to-do lists because there are too many tasks that need to be done. It’s important to take a step back and look at the big picture. How can you organize your tasks in order of importance?
Start placing them in order of importance using the following criteria:
– The deadline or date by which you need to complete them (e.g., when is it due, how much time do I have?)
– The amount of work required for completion (e.g., how many hours will it take me? What skills do I need?)
– Your own personal preference (e.g., would this task make me happy or unhappy?)
When you’re in a decision-making process, it’s hard to prioritize which items are the most important. While there is no perfect one-size-fits-all solution, prioritize your to-do list based on your needs.
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