Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all of the different “how to” articles and tips + tricks out there? The other day I searched, “Is it better to leave your hair up or down when you’re sleeping?” One article said you MUST leave it up so that your hair doesn’t rub against your pillow and break off. Another one said you MUST leave it down because having it up in a ponytail will cause breakage. Um, thanks for the help internet! I was left just as confused as when I started. But seriously, that’s how using the internet feels to me these days- a constant, “Wait, what advice is actually sound advice!?”
What is Batching?
In fact, I asked myself this same question recently when reading about how important it is to do batch work. If you’re a blogger (or anyone who has stuff to get done in life), you’ve probably heard of “batch work.” Supposedly, multi-tasking has been tossed out the door and is no longer something you want to put on your resume. It’s become a huge “no-no” and in its place has stepped “batch work,” or batching similar tasks together into manageable chunks. Instead of sitting at the computer scatterbrained, with 1,002 tabs open, batch work entails staying focused on the same task (or similar tasks) for a predetermined amount of time.
One Month of Batching
Since I struggle with slight ADHD (and if you have a smartphone, you probably have ADHD-like symptoms too) and am the QUEEN of a million tabs open (it drives my husband crazy), I decided to give this method a try. I am slightly concerned about this method, only because I’m not always the best at sticking to my own plans. I’m worried that if I fall behind or something comes up and I’m not able to do my batch tasks one day, everything else will be thrown off. But I figure it’s worth the try and I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.
I’m not turning this into a “how to” article yet because I’m just a beginner in this department. BUT if it goes well and really does “transform” my life, I may be writing a “how to” article on it later down the road. For now, I’m just going to tell you what I’m going to be doing for the next month so that you can test it out, as well, if you’d like to!
My Steps for Batching
1. Review last months goals and make new goals for this month: You can use this Monthly Blogging Goals Printout or create something similar if you’d like to!
2. Figure out which tasks you could batch together to achieve those monthly goals: (Example: Take bulk Instagram pictures, draft IG captions, schedule posts, brainstorm blog post ideas, draft blog posts, finalize and schedule blog posts, draft emails to brands, social media check-ins, etc.)
3. Print out one of these calendars:
- Monthly Editorial Calendar August Copy to edit on the computer if you have Pages on your Mac
- Monthly Editorial Calendar PDFt o print out and fill in if you don’t have Pages
- Coral’s Example Copy is my editorial calendar to use as an example
4. Block off any days on the calendar that you won’t be able to work or when you won’t be able to work as many hours as usual: (Example: I blocked off when my family is coming to visit and when we need to prepare for moving.)
4. Break up larger tasks into smaller batch tasks: (Example: Writing 2 blog posts could be broken down into “brainstorming the blog posts” for 2 hours on one day, “drafting the blog posts” for 4 hours the next day, and then “finalizing and publishing/scheduling the blog posts” for 3 hours the next day.)
5. Color code similar tasks: (Example: All blog post related posts are blue, all tasks involving reaching out to brands are orange, all social media related tasks are pink.)
6. Make sure you’re realistic about how much time each task takes: Push yourself to work hard don’t be unrealistic about how much you can do in a certain amount of time (or you’ll end up feeling defeated and not doing any of it).