In medical terms, triage is the prioritizing of patients’ needs based on the severity of their conditions. This wisdom that can also be applied to non-urgent, non-medical circumstances. Intentionally neglecting hundreds of possible uses of attention to focus on what’s most essential is strategic and effective. In fact, it’s careless not to do so.
Most of my failures and screw-ups aren’t caused by lack of skill, time, or persistence, but a failure to prioritize.