Batching

Productivity - Batching

Batching is where you gather all similar tasks and do them all at once. By completing them this way, you can maximize your focus on one type of task over a period of time, and therefore greatly increase your productivity on that particular job.


Top Quotes on Batching

Batch time-consuming tasks: Batching is also the solution to our distracting but necessary time consumers, those repetitive tasks that interrupt the most important.

Tim Ferris – Author – 4-hour workweek / Tools of Titans / Tribe of Mentors

You can spend 1 day researching content, another day creating the posts and then an hour or so setting up scheduling – all for the next week, or even month.

Gundi Gabrielle – Author – Kindle Bestseller Publishing / Passive Income Blueprints

You need time blocks where you can focus and not be interrupted. It’s an absolute must. Block out uninterrupted time, and then make sure that nothing but an absolute emergency interrupts you. Find a way to make it happen.

Sunil Saxena – Author – Massive Action equals Massive Results

Examples

Laundry: You don’t do laundry for every pair of dirty socks. You wait for a certain critical mass of dirty laundry to accumulate, and then you do your laundry. There is a set up cost, there is a task switching cost. Time and labour involved for one pair of dirty socks or a whole basket is similar. Which is why it is much more time effective to do a large bunch together, to reduce set up time and task switching cost

Grocery Shopping: Instead of going to the shop everytime we need something, we create lists of items and shop for all of what we need at the same time (perhaps once a week). The time spent driving to the store, waiting in checkout lines and other preparatory work all gets split over a large number of tasks, saving us considerable time as compared to if we were to go to the store each day.



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80:20 Principle

80% of the outputs result from 20% of the inputs. To increase your productivity and effectiveness, you need to focus on the 20% of high-impact activities, and de-focus on the 80% low-impact activities.

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Focus

A flow state (or being in the zone) is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. This leads to a tremendous boost in productivity and enjoyment, in anything that you do.

productivity - Parkinsons Law

Parkinsons Law

Parkinson’s Law dictates that a task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion. Want to complete something in less time, budget less time for it and it will get done.

Productivity - Being Busy

Being Busy

People get so tied down in getting things done, that they often lose sight of what it the real outcome (or value) of all the things that they are doing. Being Busy is often a sign of a person who has not prioritized his/her activities and is working on low-value repetitive tasks, with little to show in terms of results. There is no virtue in being busy. What matters are your results.