There are a gazillion things you can do everyday. Throw out the trash, buy a liter of milk in the grocery, take your 2 dogs for a walk, check your mail, iChat with your friends, watch the Final Four with your buds, go have tea time with your girlfriends, to tweeting during games, even just sitting at home and lazily typing an article to be posted on your blog!
“What the ef? Why should I need this?” Batching is VITAL to your success in Lifestyle Design. Trust me, it will save you a million minutes….or so.
From the past articles, you’ve learned how important the Stage of Elimination is. In short, you eliminate redundant tasks so you can focus on the one’s that would help you reach your goals which ultimately lets you waste your time the way you want to waste it.
So what actually is “batching tasks?” This means you have to set tasks in to a group. It’s doing the same tasks for a certain period of time without interruptions to do other tasks.
Here is an example. You check email every 10 minutes because you get lots of mail. You read each one and you decide to answer each one. Then you go back to doing what you were doing. Then 10 minutes later, you check it again and do the same things. You waste time because you keep on doing the same thing and you keep getting distracted from what you were actually SHOULD BE doing. Before you know it, the day is over and there’s no way you can get it back.
Why am dedicating a post about batching tasks? In the next stage, Creation, you will start with your online business and there is no way you can manage time without batching especially if you are juggling your time with a job.
Some Things To Keep In Mind:
1. Stop Multi Tasking
Yes, you can do it, yes you are capable and smart enough to handle it, but please stop doing it. It is more important for you to focus on something right now. Batch up your emails and read them once or twice a week for a certain period of time, like 30 minutes then get on with your life.
2. Know The Right Place To Do A Batched Task
You need to type an article for your job or website, and you batched it so you can write around 3 or so within 30 minutes. That’s great! You started typing and around halfway your first article, you phone rings. So you ignore it and you focus, then type again. Someone knocks on the door. You get bummed out and stop doing the articles and finally give in to distraction. I hate that, you will too.
3. Batch Small Tasks Together
You certainly have many small, menial tasks. What you do is write it down. When you get to a certain point of the week, spend a few minutes to do these things one by one. Do not include them in your daily routine of important stuff.
4. Stop Twittering….Or Surfing…Or Instant Messaging….Please…
You will get distracted, it’s a sure thing. What you should do is close these applications, or better yet, make sure you don’t have internet connection. Set a certain time of the day to Twitter or to Surf. Don’t do it while doing tasks.
5. Schedule Making A List….Everyday…Before You Sleep
Why? Because when you do it before you sleep, your subconscious mind will keep on working and it will help you finish the task faster when you do it or sometimes gives you a better idea on how to do it. So batch up tasks you need to do and schedule it. You can skip doing this if you already make a list of tasks for the whole week. All you need to do is review them nightly. (Be sure to read this method for Goal Setting too, they go well together)
You will be more focused, trust me. You will finished tasks faster and you will have more free time. With the free time, you might even teach people about how this method worked out for you because you just have too much free time!
Now, let me finish 5 more articles so I can leave it for auto posting. =)
It might be hard to contact me for a while so catch me on Twitter ok? (Cause I only check mail once a week)