Welcome to this week's short! A new format where we'll be sharing a short story or a quick tip to improve your productivity while working from home.
This week's short is a quick productivity tip based on the idea of batching.
Ask yourself, how many times a day do you check your email? Or, if you are not big on email, how many times do you open Twitter, TikTok, or Instagram to see if you've got any new likes, DM's, or comments?
In my case, I caught myself spending too much time scattered all over the day on these infinity pools.
Throughout the day, I would constantly lose time on emails, newsletters, social feeds, and other crap that stole my attention away from the actual work that I needed to get done.
Glady, after reading the book Make Time (which I highly recommend you read), I finally decided to batch certain activities.
But what is batching?
As the Cambridge Dictionary states, "Batch: to make a group out of a number of things so they can all be dealt with together."
Batching for productivity means that you take an activity that you would otherwise do many times throughout the day, and you are now only going to do it one or two set times a day.
- Want to see if there are any new YouTube videos from your subscriptions? Batch it!
- Want to go through your email? Batch it! For example, I'll do it one's in the morning and one's before I sign off for the day.
- Want to scroll through your social feeds? Batch it!
- Need to be active in your (online) communities? Again, batch it!
Since I have introduced batching into my days, it has increased my productivity significantly. For one, it gave me back a lot of time during the day since I no longer get lost in my YouTube or social feeds. Secondly, I can now more easily focus during my deep work time since I no longer have the urge to open my email client or pick up my phone.
Besides the productivity benefits, I also feel calmer during the day. Who would have thought that repeatedly getting bombarded with news and everybody's opinion was straining?
Last but definitely not least, I can also enjoy the content I consume much more since I never feel bad anymore while watching Netflix or YouTube. I planned in time for it, so I don't feel bad for taking a well-deserved break.
It takes practice and some discipline, but you'll find yourself more focused on the task at hand when you batch certain activities. So start batching!