How time batching has made me more productive
A quick and easy way to organize your week.
Time batching, doing one type of task at a time without distractions, has made me more productive. I’ve never been good at multitasking or switching between tasks frequently. I need a few hours to write an article and I lose the flow if I start to answer emails or, let’s be real, scroll through Instagram. Here are a few ways I’ve time batched to become more effective and efficient.
Instead of constantly checking my email, I’ve started to only check it a few times a day and answer as many emails as possible during those time blocks. I work for myself and none of my emails are crazy urgent so it’s okay if I only check and answer emails a few times a day. When I worked in an office, my coworkers would constantly instant message me and email me and I had to be more responsive so I wasn’t a bottleneck but it can be tough to get the more important work done when you don’t have a lot of time to focus on the task.
I try my best to schedule all of my coaching calls and meetings for one day a week so I can focus on clients, student feedback, coaching, blogging, and other projects the other days of the week without being interrupted by having to take scheduled calls.
I like to complete one type of assignment at a time when I can. I’ll send all my invoices for the month at once, write and schedule all of my posts for the week on Sundays, and flesh out my teaching calendar for the month all at once.
This one isn’t work-related, but it does save time during the work week. I blend a ton of ginger on Sunday’s to add to my morning fruit smoothie, my daughter also loves it! Otherwise, blending ginger every work day can be very messy and the smell stays on your fingers all day. Yikes!