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


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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Productivity - Right Technique

The Right Technique

We often do things the way we were taught, not because it’s the best way to do it. By keeping you mind open to new ideas and a little amount of research, you could be surprised by the vastly superior and more productive techniques that you can discover, that can boost your productivity and efficiency.

Pareto Principle 80:20 rule

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.

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 - Eliminate > Automate > Delegate

Eliminate > Automate > Delegate

We get so tied down in mundane day-to-day and other routine activities, that it becomes virtually impossible to find the time to work on our more important strategic and longer-term goals. There is a simple solution – ELIMINATE > AUTOMATE > DELEGATE.