Task Batching and Conquering Your To-Do List Fast

time management Dec 16, 2021

I know what you’re thinking, “I work hard all day and I don’t have time for this.” But trust me, task batching is your new best friend! It will help you become more productive by doing things in batches so that not only do they get done faster but also with less stress. You can thank me later when you are knocking out tasks like nobody's business - just take a few minutes to read on how it works.


What is Task Batching

If you’ve spent time learning how to grow your business on social media, you’ve heard the term content batching.  For the newbies, it’s a process where you create all of your captions or visual content during a set period of time. It’s a game-changer but here’s the juicy piece...batching can be applied to more than just social media.


Task batching is where you put together similar tasks into a block of time. It can be used for any task in any area of your life: business, personal, spiritual, financial, and any other thing that is important to you.


Why Bother?

First, different tasks put different demands on our brains. Let’s go back to our social media example for a minute.  The skills to create a reel are completely different than the brainpower to write a twitter caption.  Once you’ve gone into a zone of using your brain to complete a task it’s best to stay in that zone because there’s a cost in switching back and forth. I went into that more here.


Also, sticking with similar tasks breaks the cycle of interruption.  Imagine yourself in conversation with a client and your kids are constantly pulling at your attention.  Wouldn’t it be better to have batched your calls at a time where those interruptions are less likely. “Mommy needs 30 minutes, as soon DinosaurTrain is over we can play.”


What Can I Batch?

I’ve touched on social media but here are some ideas of other tasks you can group together:

  • Errands (think of all the errands you need to run and bust out a few that are nearby)
  • Emails
  • Meal prep (and this little gem is brilliant for filling the Ziploc bags)
  • Writing
  • Phone calls
  • Networking
  • Planning (meals, calendar, project, etc)
  • Meetings
  • Relaxing 
  • Research


Benefits of Task Batching

Still not convinced that task batching should be elevated to bestie status? Here are a few reasons why you should reconsider.

  • Less taxing on your brain & increased energy
  • Speeds up workflow
  • You can complete work faster
  • Creates boundaries for your time
  • More enjoyment in life


I hope this post helped you find some insights into how to be more productive. If you want to discover the productivity style that works best for the way your brain is wired, take my super quick productivity style assessment.

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