Multiple priorities: summary

Last updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

So there are three general strategies you can often use if confronted with a problem when you have multiple other priorities:
  • Gather information, define the issues so you can make an informed decision.

  • Prioritise the demands on your time. What is most clinically urgent?

  • Ask for help. You’re not alone, you’re part of a team.

And always communicate what you’re doing with the people you're dealing with.
If you like acronyms to help you recall things, you can use CHIP:
  • Communicate
  • Help 
  • Information 
  • Prioritise

Sometimes you will have to say ‘no’ to other people’s priorities. You may find this difficult – especially at the beginning of your career. If you’d like to see our thoughts on how to do this, please click here.