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It’s a new year, you want to be your best self but you don’t know how to be your most productive. This is a struggle so many people have. They have goals, they are really trying but something isn’t working.
This article will show you how to embrace productivity through batching. You’ll learn what batching is, how to start doing batching, the benefits, and more. Don’t forget to bookmark this post to come back to it later.
What is Batching?
Batching is doing big batches of work at one time. It allows you to make the best use of your time by knocking out a load of work at once. You can do this at work, with your business, with cooking, with house work, etc.
I recently listened to the Make Money Your Honey podcast and Amanda was talking about churning out 3 months worth of podcast in 3 hours with batching.
That really perked up my ears and so I tried doing it in my business.
I have been experimenting with batching off and on for some time. I love the idea of it but it’s hard to follow through sometimes. Life is busy. Work is busy. And, it’s easy to fall into your old way of doing things rather than putting in some effort to really follow through with something new, even if it benefits you.
Examples of Batching
You might have heard of batch cooking.
The purpose of batch cooking, like with any kind of batching is to save time.
How it works?
Cook a bunch of food at once. One and done.
Then, your family can eat off the food all week long.
For example, Sunday cook meals for 5 days, Monday through Friday. Saturday can be an eat-out day and Sunday you’ll be batching again.
So you will prepare all 5 meals on Sunday and then Monday through Friday you get your time back and you don’t have to cook.
Think about the time you save there!
This is how it works in my business.
If I have a client that needs social media management done, I take 1-2 days a month and execute their calendar for the entire month.
Then, I spend the rest of the time monitoring and managing, tweaking and editing as I need to. This helps me manage multiple clients at once, throughout the month.
Benefits of Batching
- You save time.
- You can even save money.
- You get your life back.
- Less distraction while doing tasks
- Hyper focus on the task or activity that you’re doing.
- Less stress and you feel more balanced.
I read an article recently that said that it takes an average of 15 minutes to regain complete focus.
That means if you’re working and veer off, it takes a whole 15 minutes to get back on track.
Imagine doing that several times a day.
Sounds totally like me before I discovered the batching life.
Time management is so critical and batching helps you do that.
You want to be the most productive and work in the most effective way you can, in home life and work life.
So here’s how you can start implementing batching in your life.
How to Do Batching
It’s all about time blocks.
So get your timer out and set a block of time for one task.
For example, if you want to clean your house really good for the entire week, set a timer for 3 hours.
Then, start cleaning.
Clean up and down, scrub and dust, do all your cleaning in the house for 3 hours.
Then, you’re done!
This deep cleaning batch style helps you eliminate the time you take to clean every single day during the week.
I watch Clean with Me videos on YouTube where the YouTuber will film herself cleaning her house for an hour at the end of the night, every night.
Picking up toys, dusting, washing dishes, sweeping and mopping, vacuuming, etc.
Every. Single. Night.
Doing that Monday through Friday is 5 hours of work for the week.
Or, you can do it once on Saturday for 3 hours, and save 2 hours or your time!
It works the same with work, regardless if you work for a company or run your own business. If you’re doing a task or project, set a block of time to really hyper focus on work specifically on that task or project.
It’ll help you get more work done and further along on that task.
The Multitasking Myth
Multitasking does not make you more productive.
It burdens you and causes a ton of distraction.
You should focus on one task at a time and put your attention on that one thing.
What do you think? Would you start batching?