Batch Everything!

Once you go batch you never go back (said no one).

 

Batching is the time management process of grouping a task into a block of time and focusing exclusively on it.

When I batch something I only am giving my attention to only one thing at a time — while ignoring or putting on hold other todos. (Okay I’m writing for Time Mastery right now, for 20 minutes, and then #tinyReviews after)

By batching what needs to get done, you actually produce MORE time, effectiveness, creativity and clarity, rather than if you were just jumping all over the place, doing twenty things at once. You also gain time you otherwise wouldn’t have by batching.

Every time we switch tasks, we must get into the mindset of each task we switch to. (Which takes time and mental energy.)

 

Blogging for example.

Instead of writing one post a day, every day, I can batch them all into one – two sessions per week. This focus puts me ahead of my determined schedule — which is essential for being a master of time — and allows me room to do other things I normally wouldn’t have time for, because I would otherwise be blogging every day (every – single – day )

Think of batching as a savings or investing account for your time.

You deposit work ahead of time, grouping todo’s into a block of time — which helps with clarity, and less distraction — and your accruing extra time for a future date.

You put in the work now, and reap the benefits later.

 

Benefits of a Batched Life

  • Less Distractions and Task Switching
  • Increased Concentration
  • Clarity, Focus, Creativity
  • More time for life.

Batching Examples

  • Practicing music (or other skill)
  • Programming
  • Reading | Learning
  • Meal Prepping
  • Podcasting
  • Writing
  • Blogging
  • Working / Business Dev
  • Social Media
  • Networking

Tips

One focus per batch.

Doing more than one task at a time is not batching, it’s trying to multitask.

“I’m going to write at least one page.”

“I’m going to learn ios for 90 minutes.”

Try not to overdo it.

You don’t know your limits until you push your limits,

but once you do, then keep yourself sane by not doing too much batching at once. Too much leads to poor work (which, in my experience, you’ll probably have to redo things : / )

Rest

If your batching multiple tasks per day, add moments of pause — and rest between each to rejuvenate yourself.

The goal for batching is to have more energy, not exhaust ourselves.

#KeepPursuing,

Josh Waggoner

Related:

The Pomodoro Technique

Introducing — Time Mastery

Mastery begins with Focused Attention.

Productivity is a learned skill. We can be master’s of our time, and therefore, masters of our destiny.

 

In my pursuit of excellence, mastery and a Renaissance Life (A life well-lived; our best selves) time has become increasingly precious and conflicting to me.

Precious meaning I am fully aware that we only have so much of it (the clock is literally ticking) and to be all that I want to be I need to utilize it the fullest. 

Conflicting because, with only so many hours in a day, there’s only so much we can do. opportunity cost is a real (stupid) thing.

When you want to be a master in multiple crafts, and to do so brilliantly (and with gusto!), you must also be a master of time and productivity.

So how do we maximize our input & output, while still thriving in other important areas of life (Love, Friendships, Fun)?

How do we work smarter, so we have time for what’s truly important?

What’s are the most important things we can do to create the greatest impact?

What do the most productive people do? And how do they do so much with the same amount of time everyone has?

 

thus, Time Mastery

an Renaissance Life series focused on productivity and efficiency in all aspects of our lives.

Putting in the time (pun intended!) so we can focus on living.

 

#KeepPursing,

Josh Waggoner

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