Over the past few days two common themes emerged for me from different people in very different contexts. Conversations, studies and blog posts this past week all had a subtle undertone of taking care of one's self. I know this is nothing new, but when you live in a world of giving and contributing, thinking of yourself comes secondary. My first lesson was about how we need to take care of ourselves so we can then help others. It's like being on a plane and putting the oxygen mask on you before you help your child. It reminded me of training I went through to become a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.).
The other lesson was not quite as subtle. I read a blog post by Ed Batista about triaging your tasks on Harvard Business Review. His example of how triage is used in the medical field is exactly what I learned during CERT training.