Batchtasking is a form of time blocking for time management but it is the way that we can ensure that we get things done with the most efficiency possible. Creating a plan is great but not giving yourself the tools to focus to get it done is futile. If you are familiar with Batchcooking, the idea is similar but can be used for ANY other task on your to-do list.
Planning is great but getting it done is even better! Here are my tips for Batchtasking.
STEP 1: IDENTIFY WHAT MATTERS
Ask yourself what matters in this season of life. This changes constantly depending on what is going on but typically we have specific priorities that we can identify to make sure our time is being used where it matters. So, be honest with yourself, who or what are your top 5 priorities in your life. This will be different for everyone, so there is no wrong answer. Here are mine:
- My Health (exercise, grooming, eating)
- Family (husband, kids, time together)
- Friends (phone calls, dates, letters)
- Our Home (cooking, shopping, cleaning)
- Work (full time, part-time, side-hustle)
STEP 2: CREATE A SCHEDULE
Now that we have what matters, we create tasks that need to get done on specific days of the week. Start by adding blocks of times for things that you must do everyday (fixed) and add things that you have control over (variable).
You can use excel, google sheets, your phone or a written planner to plan out your week or day. I like to make a plan every Sunday night. Can things change? YES, but having a plan sets me up for success. Try to keep tasks in separate time blocks and leave blank space between so that there is room for transition.
STEP 3: GETTING THINGS DONE
So many of us make great plans to check off tasks on our to-do list but when we get to that time we are not focused and feel quite unaccomplished. Once you have your tasks planned and designed into time blocks, let’s talk about tips for focus and efficiency of getting things done.
- Get movement before hand – getting sun if possible is a bonus.
- Prepare your brain and space before your tasks – focus on the task.
- Understand Where Your Focus Needs To Be.
- Unplug For the Time Block.
- Grab Some Coffee.
- Check the Thermostat.
- Turn On Some Music.
- Take Short Breaks.
- Listen to music
The idea behind Batchtasking is the opposite of mult-tasking. It is a way to be more productive and actually GET THINGS done! What are some ways you are more productive and check items off of your to-do list?