Monthly Archives: May 2012

Triage: When You Have Too Much Stuff To Do

Triage. The term comes from the French verb ‘trier‘, “to separate, sift or select.” In the medical field, there are two types of triage:

  • Simple, for accidents and mass casualties, used to see who needs immediate medical attention and transport to the hospital soonest.
  • Advanced, which is ” used to divert scarce resources away from patients with little chance of survival in order to increase the chances of survival of others who are more likely to survive.”

Triage is used to determine the order and priority of emergency treatment, transport, and-or the transport destination for the patient. In the hardest cases, triage decides who gets prioritized based on their chances of survival.

You already prep for triage when you sort your prioritizes for the day. You commit to triage when you attend to them to get the best results. Triage in this context is commitment to success in action.

In our everyday work, the term triage can be used to describe the “the assigning of priority order to projects on the basis of where funds and other resources can be best used, are most needed, or are most likely to achieve success.”

If you’ve ever watched any battlefield scenes where soldiers scream for a medic, you already have an idea of how the pressure in those dire circumstances forced the evolution of a medical process meant to save people. You can apply the principles of this process to your own battlefields. You assess the field, check the quality and availability of the resources at your disposal, your window of opportunity, and your own personal resources. Continue reading Triage: When You Have Too Much Stuff To Do

The Purge : Dealing With Information Overload

“One of the effects of living with electric information is that we live habitually in a state of information overload. There’s always more than you can cope with.”
Marshall McLuhan, communication theorist
“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”
– Gertrude Stein, writer and poet

Like, duh, we live in the Age of Information ? Oceans of data at the click of a mouse? 24/7 broadcasts? Podcasts, RSS feeds, alerts, Tweets, streaming, pokes and ‘likes’? Movies and radio on demand?

When the amount of available knowledge out there is less like a little pond than it is like the Amazon (the river, not the store), it’s easy to get mesmerized into fishing out as much information as you can from that vast source than actually being able to truly use what you get. There’s just too much. It’s overwhelming.

You’re not just a brain and eyes parked in front of a computer screen. You are a person with a body and you lives in the world.

This world.

You have relationships, you have things to do, you have stuff to share…and a whole life to live. You can’t live a whole life in a little area –whether that area is in front of the TV, or the PC. You gotta get fully involved. It’s not as if you can save up enough unused time (or unlived life) to tack on at the very now, is it?

Active living, like active learning, involves all your senses, not just the ones you utilize sitting in from of a screen (computer or TV). It’s active doing, or just consciously being. You’re not being fed information. You’re not filtering. You’re being. Continue reading The Purge : Dealing With Information Overload