Updated: Mar 24, 2019
It's hard to be productive
Productivity can be difficult.
You've been told time constraints, low energy, and entertaining distractions are all sneaky thieves of your productivity.
So what do you do?
You fix them of course! You sleep more, schedule more effectively, and block out anything that isn't related to what you're doing.
But you still find yourself being unproductive (or at the very least, productive and hating every second of it).
How do I get past this immovable brick wall?
Three words. Batching, batching, and batching.
Batching is the art of focusing on one thing at a time and going all in. 110% of unadulterated brain power being thrown at a single task. All at once.
I'm someone who gets sidetracked easily (as most creatives are). As a result of this, no matter how much energy I have, I find it far too easy to get off task and start doing something else. Yes, I'm being productive in the sense that I'm working, but I'm getting a little bit of everything done. Just scraping the surface, essentially. This is a common mistake that business owners make ALL the time. Batching solves this.
Let's take this newsletter for example. I have to write three emails a week, every week. They are delivered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I could spend 15 minutes each night before writing the email. This would lead to at least 45 minutes worth of writing. However, if I batched them all at once on a Sunday night, I could bang all three out in 30 minutes max. Since I'm already in the "writing mode" so to speak, it's easier to continue on and complete a lot of one task rather than a little of many tasks. Here, I only saved 15 minutes for the week. Not bad. But what if I do it for the whole month? That's 4 weeks, 15 minutes a week, 4 X 15 = 60 minutes. That's an hour a month. Multiply that hour a month by how many tasks you have to accomplish... It adds up fast.
By batching your tasks instead of trying to do them all at once, you'll save time, energy, and most importantly, money.
Only one question remains: What ever are you going to do with all of this extra time?
If you have any questions about this post (or anything productivity-related) contact me below! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read this post, we at New Vision Media wish you the best in your business journey!
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