One thing I don’t think you can ever prepare yourself for in being a business owner is the juggling act you are constantly performing. Especially as a creative professional / solopreneur. The amount of things that you feel being thrown at you along with the things you choose to add to your own plate can be utterly exhausting. And that feeling of jumping and racing from one thing to the next is all too overwhelming most days. The trick? Working in bulk and being diligent in creating this habit. Today I want to share with you my tips on how to batch your work for ultimate productivity.
Why? Because when you learn to work efficiently – smarter and not harder – you will see the amount you can accomplish in a day grow by leaps and bounds. And pretty soon you’ll just have to get the cape because everyone else already fancies you as a superhero.
So where to begin?
Step one is to start with making a list. Grab a paper and a pen and starting writing down everything you have to do as a business owner of your business. This will look different to each of us, but here is a sample of what mine looks like:
The list continues on and on, but that gives you a little insight and idea of what I mean.
Step two is to bulk anything together that makes sense. Like minded tasks need to be grouped together in order to lay out a plan. So my list above then turns into something like this:
Step three is to then lay out your schedule and approach that you will operate by. This will allow you to function in a more automated way instead of rushing from one thing to the next.
For me, this is what my layout looks like and what I add to my block schedule each week:
What this does is create a sort of layout of what you can expect. It also means that something like creating a graphic that is needed for a social media announcement isn’t interrupting your client work because it’s already been taken care of on the appropriate day. When you are able to compartmentalize the areas of your business, you are better equipped to handle tasks at hand and do it efficiently.
Do you already batch your work? Have you found that it made a big difference in your productivity?